Sepp Blatter has been suspended by FIFA.

Sepp Blatter has been suspended by FIFA.
Sepp Blatter has been suspended by FIFA.

Fifa’s former president Sepp Blatter was suspended until 2028 on Wednesday after receiving a new six-year and eight-month suspension for receiving large bonuses.

Jerome Valcke, the former Fifa secretary-general, had his suspension extended by the same quantity.

The new bans will only take effect when the current corruption bans on Blatter and Valcke, which are set to expire in October this year and October 2025, respectively, expire.

Fifa’s Ethics Committee also announced that each man had been fined one million Swiss francs.

The Ethics Committee said in a conclusion of its decision that Blatter, who is 85, received 23 million Swiss francs ($24.6 million, 20.7 million euros) in “extraordinary bonuses” related to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as well as the Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil that preceded it.

According to the committee, Valcke, a 60-year-old Frenchman who was Blatter’s right-hand man during his 17-year reign as the forehead of football’s world governing body won 30 million Swiss francs during that time.

Blatter and Valcke, according to Fifa, broke the Code of Ethics by “offering and accepting gifts or other benefits” and through “abuse of position”.

In a statement stated: “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.”

When he was found to have authorized a two-million-euro “disloyal payment” to former UEFA president Michel Platini, Blatter was forced to resign as Fifa president in 2015 and was initially banned for eight years, later reduced to six, for ethics violations.

Valcke was initially sentenced to 12 years in prison, but his sentence was reduced to 10 years after an appeal.




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