"What we know is that president Blatter was told he could be suspended for 90 days. There is no guilt impugned," the PR adviser Klaus Stohlker, told the Guardian.

The chair of the adjudicatory chamber, Hans-Joachim Eckert, must now decide whether to endorse the decision after news of the suspension leaked on Wednesday before being confirmed by a longtime associate of Blatter. The move represents the latest stage in the slow motion collapse of the FIFA house of cards since U.S. prosecutors sent the organization spiraling into crisis in May.