Fifa Ethics Committee said on Monday that they will ensure that Uefa president Michel Platini get a fair hearing on Friday even if he refuses to attend it at FIFA headquarters.
In a statement issued Wednesday on behalf of the ethics judges, Platini is assured his case will be dealt with “independently and in an unbiased manner.”
The statement follows French sports daily L’Equipe’s report that Platini’s lawyers will decide Thursday if he should go to Zurich.
Platini’s lawyers have questioned if the verdict has been pre-judged about his $2 million payment from FIFA approved by Sepp Blatter in 2011.
Though FIFA investigators have asked for a life ban to be imposed, Platini could escape with a ban of several years that would still effectively end his career in football politics and his FIFA presidential ambitions.