FIFA suspends outgoing president, Valcke, Platini

FIFA has suspended Sepp Blatter, its secretary general Jerome Valcke and UEFA President, Michel Platini

 

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.

The punishments were handed out by the ethics committee of football’s world governing body, which is investigating the three over corruption allegations.

FIFA’s Ethics Committee on Wednesday recommended a provisional suspension of 90 days Blatter, who has been under investigation by the Swiss authorities.

Members of committee met this week after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against the 79-year-old Blatter last month.

He is accused of signing a contract deemed unfavourable to FIFA and also making a payment considered 'disloyal’ to Michel Platini, who head Europe’s football governing body UEFA.

Both Blatter, who is from Switzerland and has run FIFA since 1998, and Platini, who wants to succeed him, however denied any wrongdoing.

FIFA also banned ex-FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon- who was also in the running to be president- for six years.

“The grounds for these decisions are the investigations that are being carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee,” it said in a statement.

Before the imposition of his provisional ban – which relates to the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups – Chung claimed Fifa’s investigation into him was an attempt to “smear” his campaign.

Reports of the provisional bans for Blatter and Platini emerged late on Wednesday.

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