FIFA Ethics Committee has found its former president Sepp Blatter guilty of breaking the ethics codes and slapped him with a further six-year ban.
This ban is linked to several ethical breaches of FIFA’s ethical code but particularly related to the bonus payments to the top FIFA officials.
A statement released by FIFA reads: “The investigations into Messrs Blatter and [Jerome] 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,”
Sepp Blatter together with Valcke, who is the FIFA general secretary will not be able to perform any activity related to football, including any administrative role for six years that lapses on October 2028.
Blatter and Valcke were fined one million Swiss francs for the offense.
Blatter is currently serving another ban that was set to end in October, with the new ban set to take will take effect once his previous ban ends.
Blatter and his counterpart Valcke denied any wrongdoing. In a statement released by his spokesperson, Blatter said:
“This is a painful and incomprehensible blow on the neck,”
“The ethics committee in its current form has nothing to do with an independent body – it is much more the extended arm of the Fifa president and not much more than a ‘parallel justice,”
Valcke and Kattner could not immediately be reached for comment. Blatter, who is 85 years old had undergone heart surgery in December and he is still recovering in a rehabilitation clinic as said by his spokesperson.
Blatter served as FIFA president from 1988 until 2015 when series of Fifa officials were arrested in a United State-led corruption probe. He was banned for eight years by Fifa’s ethics committee in December 2015 but that was later they reduced that ban to six years.