Blatter’s reign as FIFA chief ends after receiving 90-day ban

London, Oct. 8 (ANI): Sepp Blatter’s controversial reign as FIFA president on Thursday came to an end after the ethics committee of the world football’s governing body suspended him for 90 days.

In addition, UEFA president Michel Platini saw his ambitions of succeeding Blatter end after receiving an identical sanction.

FIFA plunged into an unprecedented crisis when Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against Blatter last month over allegations that he sold World Cup TV rights to disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner for 20 times below their true value.

Meanwhile, Platini was questioned over claims that he received a ‘disloyal payment’ of 1.35 million pounds from the controversial president in 2011, though both of them have denied charges.

FIFA, which also suspended its Secretary General Jerome Valcke, said that the duration of the bans might be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days, the Guardian reported.

Blatter was re-elected as the football chief for a fifth term in May.

FIFA’s reputation took a severe beating after 14 sports marketing executives and football officials, including several from Zurich-based FIFA, were indicted by the United States in late May over corruption charges. (ANI)

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