FIFA Extends Ban On Blatter by Six Years

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FIFA has extended the ban on its ex-president Sepp Blatter for another six years and eight months.

This means that Blatter cannot take part in any football activity until 2028.

Former Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke also received a similar ban, with both also being fined £780,000 as punishments for “various violations” of Fifa’s code of ethics.

The new bans start when the current suspensions of Blatter and Valcke end in October 2021 and October 2025 respectively.

“The investigations into Messrs Blatter and Valcke covered various charges, in particular concerning bonus payments in relation to FIFA competitions that were paid to top FIFA management officials, various amendments and extensions of employment contracts, as well as reimbursement by FIFA of private legal costs in the case of Mr Valcke,” a statement from FIFA read.

The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee found 85-year-old Blatter in breach of rules concerning duty of loyalty, conflicts of interest and offering or accepting gifts or other benefits.

Valcke was found to have breached those same ethics code articles, plus abuse of position.

Blatter was originally banned by Fifa for eight years, later reduced to six, over ethics breaches when he was found to have made a £1.3m “disloyal payment” to ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini.

His appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was rejected in December 2016.

Valcke, whose initial ban was reduced from 12 to 10 years, lost an appeal to CAS in July 2018 over his decade-long ban from football.




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