FIFA extends ban on Blatter until 2028

LAUSANNE (AFP) – FIFA banned its former president Sepp Blatter until 2028 yesterday after handing him a new suspension of six years and eight months for receiving huge bonuses.

Former FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke also had his existing suspension extended by the same amount.

The new bans will only come into force when the current bans on Blatter and Valcke for corruption, which last till October this year and October 2025, end.

FIFA’s Ethics Committee said it had also fined each man one million Swiss francs.

Blatter, who is 85, received EUR20.7 million “extraordinary bonuses” linked to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as well as the Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil that preceded it, the Ethics Committee said in a summary of its decision.

FIFA said Blatter and Valcke had violated the Code of Ethics by “offering and accepting gifts or other benefits” and through “abuse of position”. Blatter was forced to stand down as FIFA president in 2015 and was originally banned by FIFA for eight years.