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BREAKING: FIFA Suspends Blatter, Platini, Valcke

Posted: Oct 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
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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.
It also banned ex-Fifa Vice-President, Chung Mong-joon, for six years.
Issa Hayatou, who heads Africa’s Confederation of Africa Football  (Caf), will act as Fifa president during Blatter’s suspension.
Spain’s Angel Maria Villar is expected to perform the same role at
Uefa – European football’s governing body – while Platini is
suspended.
Both Chung and Platini are hoping to replace Blatter when he steps
down as president in February.
“The grounds for these decisions are the investigations that are being
carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee,” the
body said in a statement.
The three are banned from any football activity in the interim. They
deny any wrongdoing.
A statement issued by Blatter’s lawyers said the president was
“disappointed” the ethics committee had not followed its own code in
allowing him an opportunity to be heard, and claimed the suspension
was based on “a misunderstanding of the actions of the attorney
general in Switzerland”.
It added: “President Blatter looks forward to the opportunity to
present evidence that will demonstrate that he did not engage in any
misconduct, criminal or otherwise.”
Fifa’s ethics committee began its investigation into Blatter after the
Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against the
79-year-old.
He is accused of signing a contract “unfavourable” to Fifa and making
a “disloyal payment” to Platini, who is also president of European
football’s governing body – Uefa.
The ethics committee also opened an inquiry into Platini over the two million
euros (£1.35m) payment, which was made nine years after the
60-year-old carried out consultation work for Blatter.
Valcke was already on gardening leave from his Fifa post following
newspaper allegations last month which implicated the 54-year-old in a
scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.

Source: BBC