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LONDON — Sepp Blatter could be facing a 90-day suspension.

The FIFA president's future was being determined by the governing body's ethics committee at meetings in Zurich, with Blatter at risk of being suspended after a criminal case was opened.

Blatter associate Klaus Stoehlker, who has no role at FIFA, told media outlets that the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber recommended a 90-day suspension for the sport's most powerful official.

"Blatter has heard that from several sources," Stoehlker said. "He has not got any message from the committee … and he is perfectly under control."

Blatter's lawyer, Richard Cullen, said the president "has not been notified of any action taken by the FIFA ethics committee."

Meanwhile, FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-joon called Blatter a "hypocrite and a liar" and said he is planning to sue the outgoing president for at least $100 million for embezzlement.


ARREST: Ismail Morinaj, 33, was arrested by Albanian police after claiming that he flew a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European Championship qualifier, an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic spat.

UGANDA PROBE: The Ugandan federation is being investigated by the country's financial crimes authority for money laundering.


Knicks Hall of Famer Gallatin dies at 88

Harry Gallatin, a Hall of Famer who was a seven-time All-Star forward for the Knicks in the 1950s, died in Edwardsville, Ill. He was 88. Mr. Gallatin spent nine seasons with the Knicks, one in the Basketball Association of America and eight in the NBA, and finished his career in 1957-58 with the Pistons. He averaged 13.3 points and 11.9 rebounds.

WOMEN: Atlanta star Angel McCoughtry scored 19 to help the United States beat Italy 79-66 in Rome in the second game of a European tour.


Spieth, Dustin Johnson to team up

Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson battled at Chambers Bay in the U.S. Open. They will be partners in Incheon, South Korea, at the Presidents Cup. U.S. captain Jay Haas saved Spieth and Johnson for the anchor match of foursomes today when the tournament begins at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

LPGA: The tour added an event in Ann Arbor, Mich. The LPGA Volvik Championship will played May 26-29 at Travis Pointe Country Club.


Blake says watchdog confirmed complaint

Former pro James Blake said New York City's police watchdog substantiated his complaint against officers involved in tackling and mistakenly arresting him. Blake filed a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board against Officers James Frascatore and Daniel Herzog, alleging they used excessive force and abused their power.

CHINA OPEN: Rafael Nadal moved into the quarterfinals of in Beijing with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 victory over Vasek Pospisil.


BOXING: Wladimir Klitschko is on schedule in his recovery from an injured left calf, and the heavyweight champion says he will be ready to defend his belts against Tyson Fury next month.

RUGBY: Bryan Habana equaled Jonah Lomu's record of 15 Cup tries when he crossed for a hat trick that helped South Africa to a 64-0 win over the United States in London, securing for the Springboks a top spot in Pool B.

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Sports in brief 10/07/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 9:15pm]
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