A fresh ban has been imposed on Sepp Blatter, former President of the World Football governing, FIFA.
Jerome Valcke, his Secretary General, was sanctioned alongside Blatter by FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee.
According to FIFA’s press release, Blatter and Valcke, who will not be involved in any football-related activity for six years and eight months, have also been fined CHF 1,000,000.
They were guilty of violating various FIFA ethics, including illegal bonus payments to top FIFA officials and changing employment contracts at their whim, according to the adjudicating chamber.
Valcke was further accused of collecting legal fees for private matters from FIFA purse.
FIFA said, “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Joseph S. Blatter, former FIFA President, and Mr Jérôme Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, guilty of various violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE).
“The investigations into Messrs Blatter and Valcke covered various charges, in particular concerning bonus payments in relation to FIFA competitions that were paid to top FIFA management officials, various amendments and extensions of employment contracts, as well as reimbursement by FIFA of private legal costs in the case of Mr Valcke.”
Activities of Blatter and Valcke bordered on disloyalty, conflict of interest, offering and collecting gifts, and abuse of office thereby warranting such heavy sanctions.
Blatter, FIFA President from 1998 to 2015, is currently serving a six-year ban that expires in October while Valcke is serving a 10-year ban that expires October 2025.
However, it added that the latest ban “will only come into force upon the expiry of the previous bans.”