FIFA’s ethics committee has suspended president Sepp Blatter for 90 days. Also suspended were vice-president Michel Platini and secretary general Jerome Valcke. Former FIFA vice-president Chung Moon-joon was banned for six years. Platini is also the president of UEFA.
The suspensions are the result of investigations stemming from the United States’ justice department May raids on FIFA headquarters in which several employees of soccer’s world governing body were charged in association with FIFA corruption. Blatter won re-election as president shortly thereafter but did an about face and announced he would step down after a successor is named at a FIFA Congress in February. The suspension is set to expire about six weeks prior to the election of the next president.
In the wake of the investigation, Blatter did not attend the Women’s World Cup this summer in Canada. The suspended parties are not permitted to any activity in organized soccer and are forbidden from addressing the media on the issue.
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