Thursday, October 8, 2015 11:50 am
Africa’s Issa Hayatou takes over temporarily as FIFA president today following the suspension of long serving Sepp Blatter by FIFA’s ethics committee.
Blatter who had spent 17 years on FIFA throne was suspended for 90 days following the recommendation of FIFA ethics committee.
A new election to choose a successor will take place in February.
The Uefa president, Michel Platini , who was the favourite to succeed Blatter until he too became embroiled in corruption allegations, has been handed an identical sanction, ending his Fifa presidential ambitions.
Both have been under extreme pressure since the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, opened a criminal investigation into allegations Blatter mis-sold a World Cup TV rights contract to the disgraced former Fifa official Jack Warner in 2006 and made a “disloyal payment” of £1.3m to Platini in 2011. Blatter and Platini deny any wrongdoing.
In addition, the Fifa Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, who has already been put on leave for a duration of 90 days, has now been banned for 90 days.
Fifa said: “The duration of the bans may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days.”
The former Fifa vice-president Chung Mong-joon has been banned for six years and fined £67,000. “The bans come into force immediately,” said Fifa.
The move represents the latest stage in the slow-motion collapse of the Fifa house of cards since US prosecutors sent the organisation spiralling into crisis in May, though the extent to which
Fifa remains mired in chaos as Hayatou, the longstanding senior Fifa vice-president, was once censured by the International Olympic Committee over bribery claims, which he denied.
He recently changed the statutes of the Confederation of African Football to allow him to retain the presidency he has held since 1988.
At UEFA, the immediate replacement for Platini is likely to be the longstanding Spanish FA chief Ángel María Villar-Llona, who also remains under investigation by the Fifa ethics committee for failing to cooperate with Michael Garcia’s investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.
Blatter was re-elected in May days after US prosecutors alleged a “World Cup of fraud” in a 164-page indictment and charged 14 individuals, including nine current or former Fifa executives, with a series of offences. Days later he promised to stand down in February 2016 and has repeatedly reiterated his desire to remain in post until then.
Blatter is technically be free to return in January before the extraordinary congress he has called on 26 February to decide his successor.
*With reports by www.guardian.com