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Fifa Suspend Top Officials, Appoint Issa Hayatou Interim President

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Fifa Suspend Top Officials, Appoint Issa Hayatou Interim President

NEWISSUES, Abuja

The Fifa drama finally climaxed into the suspension of its top officials. Sepp Blatter who has been on the news over alleged corruption allegation has been suspended for 90 days by Fifa disciplinary Committee. Others suspended with him are Michel Platini, the UEFA President, who heads up the body which runs European football and the world’s leading club competition — the Champions League — and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke were also banned for 90 days. South Korean Chung Mong-joon, who is contestimng the Fifa president with Michel Platini, was also banned for six years and fined $103,000. Their bans arguably give both of them reputation problems in the race to succeed Blatter.

Platini, a Frenchman, also won’t “perform his official duties for the time being” at UEFA, that association announced, in light of the FIFA decision.

Vowing to appeal, Platini claimed the allegations against him “are based on mere semblances and are astonishingly vague” and refused to withdraw his bid to become FIFA’s next president.

“More than a sense of injustice or desire for revenge, I am driven by a profound feeling of staunch defiance,” he said. “I am more determined than ever to defend myself before the relevant judicial bodies.”

Until the FIFA presidential election — or until there’s a change in Blatter’s status — Issa Hayatou is in charge as the world governing body appointed him acting president. Hayatou is FIFA vice-president and head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the body that runs soccer on that continent.

A longtime soccer administrator, the 69-year-old Hayatou, who has been CAF’s head since 1988, has faced his own problems in the past.

 

 

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