The FIFA ethics committee hearings against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have ended, with the latter’s lawyer emerging and declaring his client’s innocence.
Suspended FIFA president Blatter and suspended UEFA boss Platini are to learn their fate on Monday over whether there was impropriety in a £1.3million payment received by the latter from the former in 2011.
Outgoing FIFA president Blatter, who signed off the payment, appeared before FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on Thursday – while Platini boycotted his hearing.
The procedure meant he was unable to join the race to be Blatter’s replacement when a new FIFA leader is chosen in February, but his agent, as reported by the BBC, said on Friday: ‘Platini is innocent. Now we are hoping the ethics committee will render the law.’
Ahead of the verdicts which are expected at 9am on Monday, Blatter has called a news conference in Zurich where he will discuss the outcome. Read more