Sepp Blatter and Michel Plantini will learn their fate today when soccer’s governing body, FIFA, announces an expected ban to the two for the $2 million payment Blatter approved to Plantini in 2011.
FIFA president Blatter and his intended successor Plantini face being warned off from the sport for anywhere from three to ten years.
Both men deny doing anything wrong. The case hinges on a perceived conflict of interest in managing FIFA money resulting when Blatter approved the payment to Plantini without telling any of the other members of the executive committee.
Recent precedent regarding FIFA ethics committee sanctions in cases not involving financial misconduct suggests that the bans to the two men could easily be on the upper end of the range.
Both men pledge to file appeals and force those appeals to be heard before the upcoming FIFA presidential election on 26 February 2016.
The 80-year-old Blatter is seeking a glorious send-off in the form of hosting the next election congress in Zurich. He wants also to be declared an honorary president of FIFA by the 209 nations that form FIFA. Plantini, sixty years of age, wants to restore his reputation and his integrity and be declared a candidate in the upcoming election he was previously the presumptive favourite to win.