FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and his lawyer Lorenz Erni, right, arrive in a car at the FIFA headquarters "Home of FIFA" in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2015. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)
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Sepp Blatter is trying to save his FIFA presidency Thursday at the ethics committee he helped create and whose authority he does not recognize in his case.Blatter was key in 2012 to empowering a tougher and more independent FIFA ethics committee that he now insists cannot remove an elected president.Or, Blatter could be banned for several years for a conflict of interest between the two longtime FIFA executive committee colleagues.Blatter has said it is "humiliating" for a FIFA president to be barred from office by his own ethics committee.Only the FIFA Congress of member federations can remove a president, Blatter said at the time.Pieth led a group of anti-corruption experts and soccer officials who steered Blatter and FIFA toward modernizing reforms from 2012 to 2014 .The case centers on Platini getting about $2 million of FIFA money as uncontracted salary for working as Blatter's presidential adviser in 1999-2002 .
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