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Fifa has 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.

Blatter’s controversial 17-year reign was all but ended on today when Fifa’s ethics committee suspended him pending a criminal investigation into allegations the Swiss mis-sold a World Cup TV rights contract to the disgraced former Fifa official Jack Warner in 2006 and made a “disloyal payment” of £1.3m to Michel Platini in 2011. Blatter and Platini deny any wrongdoing.

Issa Hayatou, who heads Africa’s football confederation (Caf), will act as Fifa president during Blatter’s ban.Issa Hayatou is to become acting president of Fifa following the suspension of Sepp Blatter for 90 days during which he will be relieved of all his duties, though he said he would not stand for permanent office.

Spain’s Angel Maria Villar is expected to head Uefa – European football’s governing body – while Platini is suspended.
But Platini – and Chung – are still hoping to replace Blatter when he steps down as president in February.

Hayatou, 69, who in 2002 ran against Blatter for the Fifa presidency, put out a statement insisting: “I will serve only on an interim basis. A new president will be chosen by the extraordinary congress on 26 February 2016. I myself will not be a candidate for that position.”.

Explaining its decision to ban Blatter, Platini and Valcke, the ethics committee said: “The grounds for these decisions are the investigations that are being carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee.”

The three are banned from any football activity in the interim. They deny any wrongdoing.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. FIFA has more corruption than African governments. No wonder Jay Jay’s favorite Kalusha is still Faz President hahahahaha.

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    • They should have appointed Kalusha as interim president. Such names as Issa Caledou will end up suspended in 2 months.

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    • The sport of football still retains its purity. The games and their regulation still remain above board. Administrators come and go.

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  2. How do you replace corruption with corruption? Hayatou is responsible for Africa’s non progress in football for the past 30 years because he is only concerned about his wallet. he has no ideas. Thats why afcon had no sponsorship until in the 21st century. Hayatou just copies whatever UEFA does. UEFA does away with club championship and introduces champions league he does the same. Uefa does away with Cup Winners Cup he does the same. The europeans start a confed cup he starts one too. UEFA introduced the 3 points for a win and one for a draw he mimicked them. I’m very sure if Blather got a bribe Hayton got one too. No original ideas

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  3. The stage is set for real dribbling. Reminds me of the Scott 90 day interim presidency. Watch the drama unfold!

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  4. If mwanawasa was still alive and president kalusha would have followed suit. FAZ also stinks. Kalu is still there just because he is bemba. Any way God is great.

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  5. If I was Kalu I would peel off my snake skin. New is the new gold under the circumstances.
    But knowing how dull our politicians are (FAZ included) Kalu will still be arguing old school.

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  6. It had to take the big money sponsors to push this dinosaur when they could have done this years ago but due to their greed they tolerated this stinking corruption. This is the selfsame issue happening in Football House in Lusaka.

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