FIFA President Sepp Blatter has responded to his 90 days suspension from the governing body, claiming the Ethics Committee didn’t follow the Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Code.
Blatter along with Michel Platini and FIFA general Secretary Jerome Valcke for 90 days after FIFA’s adjudicatory committee approved the ethics committee’s recommendation.
The Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against the 79-year-old last month into allegations that he signed an “unfavourable” television rights contract with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) in 2005 and made a “disloyal” payment to Platini in 2011.
“President Blatter was disappointed that the Ethics Committee did not follow the Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Code, both of which provide for an opportunity to be heard,” the statement read.
“Further, the Ethics Committee based its decision on a misunderstanding of the actions of the Attorney General in Switzerland, which has opened an investigation but brought no charge against the President.
“In fact, the prosecutors will be obliged by law to dismiss the case if their investigation, barely two weeks old, does not establish sufficient evidence.
“President Blatter looks forward to the opportunity to present evidence that will demonstrate that he did not engage in any misconduct, criminal or otherwise.”