Fifa imposes a new 6year ban on Sepp Blatter

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Fifa has suspended ex-president Sepp Blatter from football until 2028, following a new six-year-and-eight-month suspension.

Former Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke won a similar suspension, as well as a £780,000 fine.

The sanctions were imposed for “various breaches” of Fifa’s code of ethics.

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The new bans start when the current suspensions of 85-year-old Blatter and Valcke, 60, end in October 2021 and October 2025 respectively.

A Fifa statement said: “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.”

According to its results, Blatter admitted a “undue economic benefit” of 23 million Swiss Francs (£18 million) “split over the years 2010 to 2014, as a result of the conflict of interest raised by the allocation and execution of extraordinary bonus payments between restricted top-ranking Fifa officials.”

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It also found that Blatter, Valcke, along with former Argentina football federation president Julio Grondona and ex-Fifa finance director Markus Kattner, had “set up a scheme through which they were allowing themselves to obtain extraordinary benefits with a minimum of effort”.

It added: “This vicious circle saw three of them (Blatter, Grondona and Valcke) signing the amendment contracts of the others and approving the respective extraordinary bonuses, while the fourth (Kattner) was in charge of implementing the payment of such bonuses (as well as of keeping the matter “off the books”, by not reflecting the bonuses in the Fifa financial statements and not reporting them to the Fifa auditors).”

Fifa suspended Blatter for eight years, which was later shortened to six, for ethics violations after he was found to have made a £1.3m “disloyal payment” to ex-Uefa president Michel Platini.
In December 2016, his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) was denied.

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.

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 31, 2009, then FIFA president Joseph Blatter (L) listens to then secretary general of FIFA Jerome Valcke as they attend a press conference held to announce the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Nassau. – FIFA has on March 24, 2021, banned its former president Sepp Blatter until 2028, after handing him a new suspension of six years and eight months for receiving huge bonuses. Former FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke also had his existing suspension extended by the same amount. The new bans will only come into force when the current bans on Blatter and Valcke for corruption, which last till October this year and October 2025, end. FIFA’s Ethics Committee said it had also fined each man one million Swiss francs ($1.1 million, 900,000 euros). (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD / AFP)
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