Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been banned from football for six years and eight months, the game’s global governing body has said.
The ban was imposed for multiple violations of Fifa’s code of ethics and comes into effect when a current suspension ends in October, Fifa said. The same length of suspension was imposed on the former secretary general of the organization, Jérôme Valcke. Both men were fined one million Swiss francs (nearly £ 780,000), Fifa said.
A Fifa press release said: “The investigations into MM. Blatter and Valcke have dealt with various charges, in particular regarding bonus payments related to Fifa competitions that have been paid to senior Fifa management officials, various changes and extensions to employment contracts, as well as the Fifa reimbursement. private legal fees in the case of Mr. Valcke. “
Blatter was found to have accepted undue economic benefits totaling 23 million Swiss francs (just under £ 18 million) and approved payments or bonuses of an additional 46 million Swiss francs (just under 36 million books) to other officials.
The adjudicatory chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee has ruled Blatter, 85, in violation of rules regarding duty of loyalty, conflicts of interest and the offering or acceptance of gifts or other benefits. Valcke, 60, violated those same articles of the code of ethics, as well as the abuse of position.
Valcke accepted undue advantages worth 30 million Swiss francs – 9 million for the 2010 World Cup, 10 meters for the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Brazil and 11 meters for the Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 World Cup. In Russia.
Blatter, whose behavior was described by the ethics committee as “completely reprehensible”, and Valcke have been banned from participating in the game since 2015. They have 21 days to appeal the sanctions and the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport .