Sepp Blatter protests his innocence in letter to FIFA member associations

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter has written for the governing body’s 209 member associations protesting his innocence and criticising its ethics committee ahead of his disciplinary hearing this week.

Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini will have hearings prior to comprar fifa coins ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in Zurich more than a two million Swiss franc (?ê1.35m) payment created to Platini by FIFA in 2011. Blatter’s case will probably be heard on Thursday with Platini’s following on Friday, having a choice anticipated on Monday subsequent week.

Blatter wrote for the associations, saying: “I am bewildered by the insinuations and allegations brought against me by the investigatory chamber of ethics committee.

“However the way in which the investigatory chamber of your ethics committee has communicated around the existing proceedings, demanded the maximum penalty and reinforced public pre-judgement has reached a tendentious and hazardous dimension.

“These proceedings remind me from the Inquisition.

“I will continue to fight for my rights and in the end of this week I’ll present my case before the adjudicatory chamber with great conviction along with a sturdy belief in justice.”

The fifa comprar coins Ethics Committee hearing could impose lifetime bans on both Blatter and Platini if corruption is proved, and shorter bans for lesser offences. The pair are most likely to escape lifetime bans but investigators expect the pair to obtain lengthy suspensions of at least seven years, Press Association Sport reported, citing insiders at FIFA.