The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of FIFA has imposed a ban of 6years and 8months from all football related activities on former president Sepp Blatter and former secretary general Jérôme Valcke.
“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,” a statement by FIFA reads.
Blatter, who was handed a six years ban from all football related activities in 2015, was found guilty of breaching three articles of FIFA Code of Ethics, article 15 – Duty of loyalty, article 19 – Conflicts of interest and article 20 – Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits.
Valcke, who was banned for nine years in 2016 was found to have violated all three articles violated by Blatter as well as an additional article 25 – abuse of power.
With both men currently serving different ban lengths, their new bans will take effect on expiry of the current ones i.e. on 8 October 2021 for Blatter and 8 October 2025 for Valcke, which means Blatter’s ban ends June 2028 and Valcke’s in June 2032.