FIFA has extended the ban on its former president, Sepp Blatter, and former secretary-general, Jerome Valcke by eight years and six months, in a case related to the receipt of huge bonuses.
According to a statement by the Ethics Committee of World football’s governing body, Blatter, 85, received about $24.6 million in “extraordinary bonuses” linked to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil, and the 2014 World Cup, also in Brazil.
Also, the Committee said Valcke, a Frenchman of about 60 years old, who was Blatter’s right-hand man during his 17-year reign as FIFA president, received about $32 million over the same period.
It maintained that Blatter and Valcke broke FIFA’s Code of Ethics including “offering and accepting gifts or other benefits” and “abuse of position”.
Meanwhile, Blatter and Valcke were still on previous bans that would end by October this year and October 2025.
The Ethics Committee said it had also fined each man one million Swiss francs, noting that the new bans will only come into force when the current bans expire.
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...
INVESTIGATION… How herdsmen crisis compounds woes of already deprived Ogun communities
Earlier in January, the Nigerian media space was awash with reports of violence between herders and farmers across the country....