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Blatter camp positive after FIFA ethics hearing

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s camp was in a buoyant mood after facing the FIFA ethics committee on Thursday.

The governing body has been reeling for months as it faces allegations of corruption.

However, Blatter’s lawyer was positive of a good outcome for the 79-year-old Swiss, who was suspended from all football activity on October 8.

“The investigation should be closed and the suspension lifted,” he said in a statement.

The hearing lasted nearly eight hours and centred on the investigation of a $2million payment to UEFA chief Michel Platini in 2011.

Blatter and Platini were suspended from all football activity on October 8 pending a full investigation into their conduct.

Blatter received strong backing from Russian president Vladmir Putin.

“He has always tried to treat football not as a sport but as an element of cooperation between countries and peoples,” Putin said on Thursday.

“He is the one who must be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Thu 17 Dec, 2015
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