The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has been summoned to appear on Sunday before the organisation’s ethics committee alongside two of his most senior executive committee members as world football’s governing body threatens to implode ahead of next week’s presidential election.
The 75-year-old will now appear alongside Mohamed bin Hammam, the Qatari challenger for the presidency accused of offering cash bribes, and Jack Warner, the controversial Concacaf president who has clung to a pivotal role in Fifa’s power structure despite an alleged series of ticket touting and bribery claims.
The independent committee, chaired by the Namibian judge Petrus Damaseb after Claudio Sulser stood down citing a conflict of interest given his Swiss nationality, is due to sit on Sunday and deliver its verdict at 6pm.
“I cannot comment on the proceedings that have been opened against me today. The facts will speak for themselves.”