FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini, Valcke for 90 days

Zurich, Oct 8 (IANS) World football’s governing body FIFA on Thursday suspended its president Sepp Blatter, general secretary Jerome Valcke and president of the European football body UEFA Michel Platini for three months.

“The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Hans Joachim Eckert has provisionally banned FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter, UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Michel Platini, and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke (who has already been put on leave) for a duration of 90 days,” a FIFA statement said.

“The duration of the bans may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days.”

Former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon was also banned for six years and fined Swiss Francs 100,000(approximately $103,418).

The proceedings against the South Korean football official Mong-joon were opened in January, 2015, based on findings in the report on the investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups.

“He has been found guilty of infringing article 13 (General rules of conduct), article 16 (Confidentiality), article 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), article 41 (Obligation of the parties to collaborate) and article 42 (General obligation to collaborate) of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” the statement added.

“During this time, the above individuals are banned from all football activities on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately.”

The quartet are being investigated by FIFA’s Ethics Committee, for possible financial corruption, chaired by Cornel Borbely.

All the alleged guilty parties have repeatedly denied being involved in any wrongdoing.

However, the investigation into Blatter is being carried out by Robert Torres while Platini’s case is being looked into by Vanessa Allard, FIFA said.

FIFA said it won’t be making any more comments on the matter until the decisions are finalised, citing confidentiality.

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