FIFA sanctions Blatter again

Blatter has been sanctioned for the second time by the FIFA this Wednesday for six years and eight months for financial irregularities, seven months before the expiration of the first sanction of the 85-year-old former president. Blatter has recently been in poor health and was in an induced coma for a week after undergoing heart surgery in December.

FIFA said its ethics committee sanctioned Blatter and the former secretary-general Jerome valcke for six years and eight months for financial irregularities related to the awarding of contractual bonuses worth millions of dollars. Both men, who also face criminal proceedings in Switzerland, will begin to comply with the new prohibitions when the current ones expire.

Blatter and Valcke were previously punished for six years and 10 years, respectively, in separate cases. Blatter’s first ban expires in October and Valcke’s initial ban will be enforced in October 2025. In the latter case, both men were fined 1 million Swiss francs ($ 1.07 million) and ordered to pay in within 30 days.

It is unclear what power FIFA has to enforce the payment. FIFA’s accusations of self-negotiation in bonus payments led to former CFO Markus Kattner being suspended for 10 years last year.