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Added October 9th, 2015 by Ian

FIFA suspends Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini

Millions of soccer fans around the world had reason to celebrate on October 8 when it was announced that FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini had both been suspended for a period of 90 days. Most people would have liked to have seen the pair booted out of the sport for good, but will have to settle for about three months for the time being. Isaac Hayatou will be taking over Blatter’s role at FIFA while he serves the ban. UEFA originally stated that they would ignore the suspension, but later backed off on that stance as the European organization feared further reprisals and/or sanctions.

Blatter has reigned at FIFA for 17 scandal-plagued years and it appears the 79-year-old will soon be gone for good. FIFA secretary–general Jerome Valcke was also banned for 90 days and ex FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-Joon, who had planned on running for FIFA’s presidency was nailed with a six-year suspension. As usual, Blatter and Platini tried to fight against the ruling made by the ethics committee and continued to claim they have done nothing wrong. Platini also stated that he will still run for FIFA’s top job when the next election comes around in February. The Frenchman also told the press, “This deliberate leak, which is insidious in nature and has come about in an unacceptable manner is essentially an attempt to damage my reputation.”

Nothing has really changed though since FIFA’s acting president Hayatou of Cameroon has also been accused of corruption for the past five years. He’s also the current president of the CAF (Confédération Africaine de Football), has been a member of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for 14 years and in 1992 became a FIFA vice-president. Also, Angel Villar Llona could take over at UEFA while Platini serves his ban and Llona is being investigated for not properly co-operating into an inquiry regarding the 2022 and 2018 World Cup bids.

Blatter, Platini and Valcke were all banned by the ethics committee as they’re all being investigated for corruption by Swiss authorities. Blatter even went as far to say he was suspended due to, “a misunderstanding of the actions of the attorney general in Switzerland,” and Platini called his ban farcical. The bans can be appealed, but they can also be extended by FIFA, so it’s unclear if any of the men will be appealing their sentences. Blatter was basically given the boot for allegedly making a disloyal payment to his 60-year-old buddy Platini.

Platini has been accused of receiving a 2million Swiss franc payment from Blatter which was supposedly given to him for consultation work he did for the organization a whole nine years earlier. The 54-year-old Valcke was on sabbatical from FIFA already for allegedly reselling World Cup tickets illegally. Authorities are having a hard time believing that Platini would wait nine years before asking to be paid and it’s been alleged that the money given to him to step aside in the 2011 FIFA election.

Ironically, Blatter made the payment to Platini in February of 2011 just before the two were scheduled to go head-to-head in the FIFA presidency election that June. Platini then suddenly pulled out and Blatter was once again elected by default as he ran for the job unopposed. The FIFA mess has been going on for decades now and the only way to end the corruption is to dissolve the organization and to start a new world governing body for the sport of soccer.

 
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