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FIFA launches formal proceedings against ex-president Sepp Blatter


FIFA has launched a formal probe against its former president Sepp Blatter and two other senior officials.

Blatter and former FIFA Secretary Generals Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner are being investigated by FIFA’s ethics committee over ethics violations which include; accepting gifts and other benefits as well as bribery and corruption.

In a statement published on its website, FIFA said the the violations relate to salaries and bonuses paid to each of the three.

“For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the investigatory chamber will not publish further details at the present time”, the statement concluded.

FIFA’s former vice- president Jeffrey Webb was also handed a life ban.

Blatter and Valcke are currently serving a six- year and ten -year ban respectively from all football related activities.

The world’s football governing body is attempting to recover from the worst graft scandal in its history, which has seen over 40 people indicted since May last year.

FIFA, News Agencies