ZURICH: FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert has pushed back the announced likely deadline for a decision in the long-running ISL saga writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

Michael Garcia, the world football federation’s investigator/prosecutor, had stated early this year that he would sent a report to last month’s executive committee on his conclusions arising out of the scandal-laden bankruptcy of FIFA’s former marketing ┬ápartner.

President Sepp Blatter, after that meeting, said that Garcia’s 4,000-page report had been submitted to Eckert who, naturally, needed time to read it and consider the next steps. Blatter had suggested April 15 as a likely deadline without realising at the time that that date (today) is a public holiday in Switzerland.

In any case, a FIFA spokesman has said that Eckert has decided he needs a little longer to reach and prepare his own conclusions.

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