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.