Longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter's 17-year run in power was interrupted on Thursday when he was suspended for the first time in his four-decade career at soccer's global governing body. Unending corruption allegations finally caught up to the 79-year-old Swiss when he was disciplined by the Ethics Committee, an arm of FIFA once created by Blatter himself.
The chairman of the committee's adjudicatory chamber, Hans Joachim Eckert, enacted the recommendation of the investigatory chamber that Blatter be provisionally suspended from all soccer activities for 90 days – with a possible extension of another 45 days. In the past week, Blatter had rejected calls from four major FIFA sponsors to step down immediately, rather than in February, as he has said he plans to.
UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini was hit with the same disciplinary action, as was FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who had already been placed on mandatory leave last month.
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