Suspended FIFA president Blatter presents his defense: lawyer

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland December 17, 2015.

Reuters/Ruben Sprich


Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter offered his security to the ethics committee of world soccer’s governing physique on Thursday, arguing he had behaved properly, his American attorney mentioned.

Blatter is beneath investigation in Switzerland on suspicion of prison mismanagement and misappropriation of funds at FIFA, the global soccer body which can be on the middle of an enormous FBI corruption probe. He denies any wrongdoing.

“President Blatter seems to be ahead to a decision in his favor, because the proof requires it,” Richard Cullen of new York-primarily based criminal practice McGuireWoods stated in a observation emailed to media.

“The evidence demonstrates that President Blatter behaved properly and without a doubt did not violate FIFA’s Code of Ethics. This investigation should be closed and the suspension lifted.”

Blatter was suspended on Oct. Eight from all soccer-related job for 90 days alongside European (UEFA) soccer chief Michel Platini pending a full investigation into their conduct.

(Reporting by way of Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi)

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