- Sepp Blatter was initially banned from all footballing activities for authorising payments worth $2m as gifts
- He was restricted for six years and after he was found guilty the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
- The ban was scheduled to lapse in 2021 but he has been handed a further six-year ban
The former president of world’s football governing body FIFA Sepp Blatter whose initial suspension was about ending this year has been handed fresh ban.
Blatter will have nothing to do with the game of football until 2028 having been handed fresh six years and eight months ban by FIFA.
The 85-year-old was issued the additional ban for what FIFA described as “various violations” of the body's code of ethics.
Blatter, 85, has been given the additional ban for "various violations" of the body’scode of ethics, as well as a fine of £780,000.
In the same vein, former general secretary of the body Jerome Valcke - who is also currently banned from the game - has received the same punishment after also being found guilty of a string of charges.
A FIFA statement said via GOAL:
"The investigations into Blatter and Valcke covered various charges, in particular concerning bonus payments in relation to FIFA competitions that were paid to top 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."
Blatter is currently banned from football until October 2021, while 60-year-old Valcke is banned until October 2025.
And this is coming barely two months that Blatter was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, according to his daughter Corinne. She said:
"My father is in the hospital and is getting better every day. He needs time and rest. On behalf of my family, I ask for privacy."
Blatter who was president for 17 years, has had health problems in November 2015 and July 2016.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Bayern Munich midfielder Alphonso Davies is the first football star to become the Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency.
The 20-year-old who can also play as a defender was born in a refugee camp in Ghana and moved to Canada aged five after his parents fled the civil war in Liberia.
Having become a successful footballer in spite of his background, the Canadian-Liberian is now ready to inspire others who are also in the same situation with his stories.
The Champions League winner believes sharing his tale will birth new hope among those currently in the refugee camps across the world.
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