Wednesday 24 March 2021
FIFA announced today, Wednesday, the imposition of another penalty on its former president, Joseph Blatter, and his suspension from practicing any football-related activity for a period of about seven years, due to various violations of FIFA’s values rules.
Jerome Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, also received the same penalty, as he was suspended for six years and eight months, and both Blatter and Valcke were fined one million Swiss francs (1.1 million dollars).
The penalty will be applied as of next October, with the end of the previous suspension period.
FIFA stated that the charges: “mainly relate to the payment of bonuses for FIFA tournaments to prominent officials of the federation, various modifications and extensions of employment contracts as well as FIFA bears the legal costs related to the case of Mr. Valcke.”
Blatter, 85, was convicted of allegations of loyalty, conflict of interest, and giving and receiving gifts and other privileges during his tenure as president of FIFA.
Valcke, 60, was also convicted of violating the same articles of laws, as well as abusing his position.