FIFA and UEFA open for business on Friday the day after the Ethics Committee of world soccer body FIFA suspend Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for 90 days.
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (OCTOBER 9, 2015) (REUTERS) – The headquarters of FIFA and UEFA in Zurich and Nyon, Switzerland opened for business as usual on Friday (October 9) the day after their presidents Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each suspended for 90 days.
On Thursday (October 8), the Ethics Committee of world soccer body FIFA handed Platini a 90-day provisional ban from all football activities worldwide at the same time as giving an identical sanction to Blatter.
FIFA moved quickly to replace Blatter with interim president Issa Hayatou and announce that Blatter was “relieved of all duties”, but UEFA took a very different stance.
Under UEFA’s rules, if its president is not available to conduct his duties, the highest ranked vice-president of the organisation takes over but the European body declined to take that step.
UEFA defied FIFA’s suspension of Platini when it said he would not be replaced as head of European soccer’s governing body and gave him its backing in the appeal process.
But Nyon-based UEFA, which represents the 54 European football associations, avoided a direct clash with FIFA by saying that Platini would not perform his official duties “for the time being”.
However UEFA later issued a second statement saying that Platini would not be carrying out his normal functions.
Any blatant flaunting of the ban would risk further sanctions, a FIFA source told Reuters, noting that the UEFA executive committee could also find itself in ethics trouble if it were to help Platini break the ban.
UEFA said they will hold an executive committee meeting next Thursday (October 15) in Nyon and all 54 member associations will also hold a meeting at the headquarters in the Swiss city.