LAUSANNE: FIFA on Wednesday banned its former president Sepp Blatter until 2028, after granting him a new suspension for six years and eight months for receiving huge bonuses.
Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has also had his existing suspension extended by the same amount.
The new bans will take effect only when the current bans on corruption against Blatter and Walcke, which last until October this year and October 2025, end.
FIFA’s ethics committee said that it also fined every man one million Swiss francs.
Blatter, 85, has received 23 million Swiss francs ($ 24.6 million, $ 20.7 million) in “extraordinary bonuses” linked to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as well as the Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil that preceded it, the Ethics Committee said in a summary of its decision.
Valcke, a 60-year-old Frenchman who was Blatter’s right-hand man during his 17-year rule at the head of the world’s governing body in football, received 30 million Swiss francs in the same period, the committee said.
FIFA said that Blatter and Waltz violated the Code of Ethics “by offering and accepting gifts or other benefits” and “abusing their position”.
The statement said: “Investigations against Messrs. Blatter and Mr Valcke have covered various charges, in particular the payment of bonuses in connection with FIFA competitions paid to FIFA’s top executives, various amendments to and extensions of employment contracts, such as and reimbursement of FIFA’s private legal costs in the case of Mr. Valcke. “
Blatter was forced to step down as FIFA president in 2015, and was initially banned by FIFA for eight years, later reduced to six, for ethical violations when he was found to have approved a “dishonest payment” of two million euros to the former UEFA president and Michel Platini. Valcke was initially banned for 12 years, but was reduced to 10 years on appeal.