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FIFA suspended President Sepp Blatter, VP Michel Platini and Secretary General Jerome Valcke

Oct 9, 2015 15:09 IST

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body of association football, futsal and beach football, on 8 October 2015 provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.

FIFA’s ethics committee handed out the punishments due to alleged charges of corruption on Blatter, Valcke and Platini.

The association also banned ex-FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon for six years.

Issa Hayatou, head of Africa's football confederation (Caf), will act as the interim FIFA president during Blatter's ban.

Blatter, Platini, who is also the football administrator of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and Valcke were banned from any football activity in the interim.

Sepp Blatter has served as the 8th president of FIFA since June 1998. However, after the ban, he is not allowed to represent the football's world governing body in any capacity.

However, the UEFA saw no need to remove Michel Platini from his position of football administrator.

The 2015 FIFA corruption case

• The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) started an investigation, which mostly focused on collusion between officials of continental football bodies CONMEBOL (South America) and CONCACAF and sports marketing executives.

• The first arrest in the case was made in July 2013 of Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) former president Jack Warner’s son Daryll.

• After an investigation, the FBI and the IRS-CI charged 14 people with wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering in May 2015.

• On 27 May 2015, seven current FIFA officials were arrested at the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zürich. The officials were preparing to attend the 65th FIFA Congress, which was scheduled to include the election of the president of FIFA. Allegedly, they received 50 million US dollars in bribes.

• Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner and marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco surrendered themselves to police after a raid in CONCACAF headquarters in Miami.

• After the case was disclosed, Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Switzerland ordered for separate criminal investigations into top FIFA officials for corruption.

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