FIFA President Sepp Blatter Suspended for 90 Days

Vice president Michel Platini and the world soccer body's secretary general are also temporarily banned from their posts, with a former vice president fined and banned for six years.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two other top executives of the world soccer governing body have been hit with a 90-day provisional suspension from their posts.

Members of FIFA's independent ethics committee on Thursday announced the expected sanction after Switzerland recently said that its attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against 79-year-old Blatter.

He has been accused of signing a contract that was "unfavorable" to FIFA and making a "disloyal payment" to UEFA president Michel Platini. Blatter has denied any wrongdoing.

"The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, chaired by Hans Joachim Eckert, has provisionally banned FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter, UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke (who has already been put on leave by his employer FIFA) for a duration of 90 days," FIFA said in a statement.

"The duration of the bans may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days," it added. "The former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has been banned for six years and fined CHF 100,000 ($103,385). During this time, the above individuals are banned from all football activities on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately."

Added FIFA: "The grounds for these decisions are the investigations that are being carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee."

During the period of the suspension, the duties of president are going to the senior member of FIFA's executive committee, Issa Hayatou, of Cameroon.

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