[Sport] Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter handed new ban

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The world governing body has announced ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been handed a new ban of six years and eight months from football. 

Former secretary Jerome Valcke has also been handed the same length of the suspension. 

“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,” a statement from FIFA read. 

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

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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