++ (BBG) FIFA Ethics Investigators Recommend Sanctions Against Blatter

(BBG – click to see) FIFA investigators probing allegations of corruption are recommending sanctions against world soccer boss Sepp Blatter and the sport’s European head, Michel Platini.

“The investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has submitted its final reports containing requests for sanctions against Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini,” it said in a statement Saturday.

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

An adjudicatory chamber within the Ethics Committee will review the reports and make a decision on possible sanctions, which could include a warning, fine or a ban from the sport, said Andreas Bantel, a spokesman for the investigatory chamber. He said the hope is to have a decision by Jan. 5, when their 90-day suspensions expire.

Blatter, who has overseen FIFA for nearly two decades, and UEFA president Platini were suspended in October from all soccer activities after Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into a delayed 2 million-Swiss franc ($1.96 million) payment from Blatter to Platini. The move essentially ended Blatter’s 17-year presidency and delivered a blow to Platini’s chances in the Feb. 26 elections for FIFA president.