The bans against the former FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter (85) and the former General Secretary Jerome Valcke (60) have been extended by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee of the world association.
As announced by FIFA, the two ex-officials will be banned from all football-related activities for a further six years and eight months due to various violations.
The investigation focused in particular on bonus payments in connection with FIFA competitions that were made to senior FIFA officials, various changes and the extension of employment contracts and the reimbursement of private legal fees by FIFA in the case of Valcke. In addition, a fine of one million Swiss francs was imposed on each of them.
Blatter, who is recovering after health problems in a rehabilitation clinic, was taken by surprise by the decision and described it as a “painful and incomprehensible blow in the neck. The ethics committee in its current form has nothing to do with an independent body – it is a lot more the extended arm of the FIFA President (Gianni Infantino, editor’s note) and not much more than a pseudo-judiciary, “he said SID-Inquiry.
Blatter and Valcke, who was considered the right hand of the former head of the world association, are currently serving sentences from FIFA anyway. The ban on Blatter from 2015 runs for a total of six years and ends on October 8th, Valcke’s ten-year ban is valid until 2025. The new sanctions will only come into force after the previous one has expired.