Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has handed new SIX-YEAR ban after investigation into World Cup bribery scandal
Disgraced ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has handed a new six-year, eight-month ban on football for multiple violations of their code of ethics after investigations found he accepted an ‘unfair economic benefit’ of £ 18 million over four years
- Sepp Blatter has been given a new six-year ban on football-related activities
- The former FIFA boss was investigated for bribes to secure World Cup votes
- Investigations also revealed that he had made several changes to employee contracts
- The same ban has been imposed on FIFA’s ex-Secretary General Jerome Valcke
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been issued a new six-year, eight-month ban.
The ban has been imposed for multiple violations of FIFA’s code of ethics and will take effect when a current suspension expires in October, FIFA said.
The same suspension has also been imposed on the organization’s former Secretary General, Jerome Valcke.
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been given a new six-year, eight-month ban
A statement from FIFA said: “ The inquiries into Messrs. Blatter and Valcke involved various costs, in particular regarding bonus payments related to FIFA competitions paid to FIFA top managers, various changes and renewals of employment contracts, as well as reimbursements by FIFA of private legal costs in Mr Valcke’s case. ‘
The FIFA Ethics Committee arbitration chamber ruled that Blatter, 85, was in violation of the rules regarding loyalty, conflicts of interest, and the offering or acceptance of gifts or other benefits.
Valcke turned out to have violated those same code of ethics articles, plus an abuse of position.
FIFA launched an investigation into officials who were bribed to secure World Cup votes
Blatter was originally banned by FIFA for eight years, later reduced to six for ethical violations when it was revealed that he had made a £ 1.3 million ‘unfaithful payment’ to ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini.
Valcke, whose initial ban was cut from 12 to 10 years, lost an appeal to the Sports Court of Arbitration in July 2018 over his ten-year ban on football.
Both men have been fined a million Swiss francs (nearly £ 780,000) for the latest breaches, FIFA said.
FIFA’s ethics researchers found that Blatter had been involved in the implementation of a bonus scheme that he and other officials, including Valcke, had benefited from.
It found that Blatter had accepted an ‘undue economic benefit’ of 23 million Swiss francs (nearly £ 18 million) in the period between 2010 and 2014.
Former Secretary General Jerome Valcke has been given the same suspension as Blatter
The ethics review found that Blatter and Valcke, along with former Argentine Football Federation President Julio Grondona and former FIFA Chief Financial Officer Markus Kattner, ‘had set up a plan that allowed themselves to reap extraordinary benefits with minimum effort. ‘.
It continued: ‘This vicious circle saw three of them (Blatter, Grondona and Valcke) signing the others’ change contracts and approving the respective extraordinary bonuses, while the fourth (Kattner) was responsible for carrying out the payment of such bonuses (such as and to keep the matter ‘off the books’ by not showing the bonuses in FIFA’s financial statements and not reporting them to FIFA auditors). ‘
Investigators found that employment contracts for Blatter, Valcke and Kattner had been changed “ without any supervision or control from an internal or external body in FIFA ” and that the officials involved were “ actively concealing ” bonus payments by not fully reporting them in the financial records from the organization. .