The former FIFA President between 1998 to 2015, Sepp Blatter who has just undergone heart surgery last December, has been banned from the football world for the second time. He is bound to serve six years and eight months because of not obeying the ethical rules along with the former secretary general, Jerome Valcke. According to FIFA ethics commitee, Blatter and Valcke were involved in the scheme of awarding themselves million of dollars in the form of bonus, most likely related to his role in selecting the world cup hosts. Besides the issue of accepting presents, their misconduct is believed to be in connection with violating the duty of loyalty and conflict of interests.
FIFA made a statement regarding their decision on those former officials of their own.
“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. By (Blatter’s) conduct, the integrity and objectivity of FIFA have been exceedingly violated. FIFA’s reputation has doubtlessly incurred serious and long-lasting damage.”
Apart from the suspension, both Blatter and Valcke are reported to be fined within the amount of one million Swiss Francs for their misconduct and personal financial benefit. Such is believed to reach 23 million Francs from 2010 to 2014. The fine itself must be paid within 30 days.
For Blatter, who is unfortunately not in his best health condition, this has already been his second ban. The first one was put on the successor of Joao Havelange in FIFA back in 2015 due to his involvement in providing $2 million payment for Michael Platini’s so-called advisory service from 1998 to 2002, which was not written in any contract of the Frenchman. It led to the 6-year ban which should expire in the next seven months this year. Initially, his second sanction was supposed to be eight years before it was reduced to six after his appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport succeeded.
Such ban has become the irony yet solid proof towards the indication of mismanagement in world football governing body under Blatter’s administration. The 85-year old former FIFA official has to deal with the case which has ruined his reputation in last days, when he should have probably relaxed in his own crib.