Blatter & Valcke Handed Further Bans From Football

Former FIFA President, Sepp Blatter and former Secretary General, Jerome Valcke have both been handed further bans from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for six years and eight months.


In a statement released today, the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee found Blatter and Valcke guilty of various violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE). 


The investigations into 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 Valcke.


In its decisions, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that Blatter had breached art. 15 (Duty of loyalty), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest) and art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) of the FCE, while Valcke was found to have violated art. 15 (Duty of loyalty), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) and art. 25 (Abuse of position) of the FCE.


In the calculation of the sanctions to be imposed, the adjudicatory chamber applied the principle of lex mitior and art. 11 of the 2018 edition of the FCE, which stipulates a maximum limit on the applicable sanction.


Previous bans from taking part in all football-related activity imposed on Blatter and Valcke by the independent Ethics Committee in 2015 and 2016 are still being served so the new bans will only come into force upon the expiry of the previous on 8 October 2021 and 8 October 2025, respectively.


In addition to bans from all football-related activity, the pair have also been fined CHF 1,000,000.