Zurich: Sepp Blatter has been told he is facing a 90-day provisional suspension from FIFA's ethics committee — a move which would finally spell the end of his time as FIFA president.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter
FIFA's ethics committee has been meeting this week to discuss whether Blatter and Michel Platini should be provisionally suspended. It is understood the investigatory arm has recommended a 90-day suspension for Blatter but that the German adjudicatory judge Joachim Eckert has yet to make a final decision.
Klaus Stohlker, a friend and adviser to Blatter, told The Guardian: "What we know is that President Blatter was told he could be suspended for 90 days."
The pair is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors and the ethics committee over a 2million Swiss franc payment signed off by FIFA president Blatter to UEFA president Platini.
Platini's fate unknown
Blatter has had criminal proceedings opened against him by the Swiss attorney general over the case and for allegedly selling World Cup TV rights to former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner for 20 times below their true value. It is not known if any action has been recommended against Platini.
Stohlker said Blatter was still "on this throne" for the time being. He added: "President Blatter has not flown away from his throne but is still in power. It's a very difficult situation. It's not good for global football.
"The first floor (investigatory chamber) has taken the decision today — they have taken the decision. That's why the second (adjudicatory chamber) needs to take the decision.
"He is quiet, he is reluctant, he is fully prepared to take his responsibilities. He is the only one who can lead FIFA. The picture for 90 days is not pleasant." The payment to Platini being investigated was made in February 2011 for work he carried out as Blatter's technical advisor between 1999 and 2002.