FIFA has provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini for 90 days in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation.
The move by the FIFA ethics committee further taints Blatter’s 40-year career at FIFA, including 17 years as president.
It also damages the hopes of Platini to replace Blatter in the February election. Swiss authorities turned up at Blatter’s office at FIFA headquarters last month and interrogated him.
The criminal case centers on Blatter allegedly misusing FIFA money by making a $2 million payment to Platini, who was questioned as a witness.
Last week FIFA sponsor Coca-Cola called for Sepp Blatter to stand down.
Blatter was also questioned by Swiss investigators about broadcasting contracts sold to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner in 2005 that were supposedly undervalued.
FIFA also bans VP Chung Mong-joon for 6 years, secretary general Jerome Valcke for 90 days.
In September, four years after stepping down in disgrace, former FIFA vice president Jack Warner was banned from soccer for life for repeated acts of bribery related to World Cup bidding votes.