Blatter is banned for six more years
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been given a new ban of six years and eight months from football, football’s world governing body announced on Wednesday.
Blatter, who is already banned from football, has been handed a new punishment for multiple breaches of FIFA’s ethics code. The ban will come into force when his current suspension ends in October.
FIFA’s former secretary general, Jerome Valcke, has been handed the same punishment.
Blatter, 85, has recently been in poor health.
What has FIFA said?
“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Joseph S. Blatter, former FIFA President, and Mr Jerome Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, guilty of various violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE).
“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.
“As the previous bans from taking part in all football-related activity imposed on Messrs Blatter and Valcke by the independent Ethics Committee in 2015 and 2016 have not yet been purged, the bans notified today will only come into force upon the expiry of the previous bans (i.e. on 8 October 2021 and 8 October 2025, respectively).”