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The ethics watchdog of scandal-tainted FIFA was locked in talks on Wednesday to decide the fate of world football president Sepp Blatter as attacks on the veteran sports baron mounted. The ethics committee tribunal was also to decide whether to take action against UEFA leader Michael Platini and former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-Joon, both candidates to take over from Blatter. As the drama intensified, British media reported that the ethics committee had recommended a provisional suspension of 90 days for Blatter.
The head of Volkswagen's US division apologized to Congress and said the company takes "full responsibility" for an emissions cheating scandal, according to testimony released Wednesday. Michael Horn, president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, said it was "deeply troubling" that the company installed a "defeat device" on several diesel models for years to hide from regulators the cars' actual gas emissions when in use. "On behalf of our company, and my colleagues in Germany, I would like to offer a sincere apology for Volkswagen's use of a software program that served to defeat the regular emissions testing regime," he said in the testimony prepared for a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday.