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Sepp Blatter Given New Six-Year Ban From Football

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been handed a fresh six-year and eight month ban from football for multiple breaches of FIFA’s ethics code.

According to Sky Sports, FIFA announced that the ban is effective when a current suspension ends in October.

The same suspension has also been imposed on the organisation’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Both Blatter and Valcke were also fined £780,000.

A statement from FIFA read: “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.”

The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee found Blatter, 85, in breach of rules concerning duty of loyalty, conflicts of interest and offering or accepting gifts or other benefits.

Valcke was found to have breached those same ethics code articles, plus abuse of position.

In December, FIFA filed a criminal complaint against Blatter over the finances of its loss-making football museum in Zurich.

World football’s governing body said it suspected criminal mismanagement by FIFA’s former bosses and companies appointed by them to work on the museum – long seen as a pet project of Blatter’s – in a renovated and rented city centre building.

The FIFA World Football Museum opened in 2016 after $140m (£104.2m) of football money was spent refurbishing the 1970s office building to also include 34 rental apartments.

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