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GENEVA—FIFA’s ethics committee has asked for
sanctions against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
after finishing investigations into their alleged
FIFA President Blatter and UEFA President Platini
now face bans of several years at full hearings before
FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert, likely in Decem-
The ethics court investigation chamber said yes-
terday it will not reveal what sanctions it requested
RIO DE JANEIRO—Mayor Eduardo Paes expressed
confidence yesterday in security for next year’s Rio
de Janeiro Olympics, but was also cautious in the
wake of the attacks in Paris just over a week ago.
“We have to worry,” Paes said, speaking at the
field hockey venue for the games. “The attacks to
Paris were not to Paris, but to the civilised world...This
can happen anywhere and we are going to take good
care of the security of the Olympic Games, and things
are going to go well.”
Brazilian government officials have said that 85,000
soldiers, police and security agents will be deployed
for the Rio games, which is reported to be twice as
many as the 2012 London Olympics.
Jose Mariano Beltrame, the top security official for
Rio de Janeiro state, said earlier in the week that
security plans have not changed because of the Paris
Brazil has little experience with attacks like those
in Paris. The major problem in Rio is street crime,
robberies and assaults—part of the endemic violence
in a city rife with guns.
Much of the violence takes place in sprawling hill-
side slums where police are outnumbered by armed
gangs. Some of these areas border Rio’s famous beach
areas in the south of the city, which will host several
Olympic events. (AP)
due to “privacy rights and the presumption of inno-
“The adjudicatory chamber will study the reports
carefully and decide in due course about whether to
institute formal adjudicatory proceedings,” the separate
judging chamber said in a statement.
The case centres on a $2 million payment of FIFA
money Blatter approved for Platini in 2011—three
months before a FIFA presidential election—as back-
dated salary. Platini was employed by Blatter as a
presidential adviser from 1998-2002.
Both men deny wrongdoing, though they acknowl-
edge there was no written contract.
Blatter and Platini, whose campaign for the FIFA
presidency is stalled by his legal troubles, were sus-
pended by the ethics committee on October 8, pending
the full verdicts.
Both are challenging their interim 90-day bans at
the Court of Arbitration for Sport which is expected
to fast-track their cases.
The full charges of unethical conduct against Blatter
and Platini could include conflicts of interest.
Both were members of the FIFA executive com-
mittee in 2011 when the payment was arranged with-
out their colleagues apparently knowing of the deal.
FIFA audit panel chairman Domenico Scala also
suggested that accounts may have been falsified if
the $2 million allegedly owed to Platini was not
booked in the financial reports from 2002 to 2011.
Recently judged FIFA ethics cases suggest Blatter
and Platini face bans of at least seven years.
Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon of
South Korea was banned for six years last month for
a range of charges which did not include financial
corruption. His misconduct cited by the ethics com-
mittee included failing to cooperate with investigators
and breach of FIFA confidentiality rules.
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former Chile federation
president, was banned for seven years in July in a
case that focused on his work leading technical inspec-
tions of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidders.
Blatter and Platini can appeal any ethics committee
sanctions to the FIFA appeals committee and CAS.
Both want their cases finally resolved ahead of the
FIFA election on February 26. (AP)
FIFA ethics court asks for
Blatter, Platini sanctions
Mayor trusts Rio
Olympic security, but
says ‘we have to worry’
Sepp Blatter, left,
and Michel Platini
Blatter and Platini
now face bans of
several years at
before FIFA ethics
Eckert, likely in
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