Bribery Scandal: Blatter Finally Bids FIFA Farewell After 18years

By Ikenga Chronicles December 5, 2016

Bribery Scandal: Blatter Finally Bids FIFA Farewell After 18years

Sport’s highest court has on Monday upheld Sepp Blatter’s six-year ban from football after appealing to the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Efforts by the former president of the world football body, FIFA to clear his name from the corruption charges against him failed to yield results as his 18-years reign finally came to an end.

Blatter was indicted in some corruption charges involving a  two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro)  “disloyal payment” to ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini which they both claimed innocence in.

He was alongside seven other officials arrested in May by Swiss police when they raided a Zurich hotel in May 2015.

The accused argued that the money paid to Platini was fee for a consultancy work Platini had done for Blatter between 1998 and 2002, and they had a “gentleman’s agreement” on when the balance would be settled and was finally paid in 2011.

Just after the court ruling, the embattled FIFA Boss called the verdict “incomprehensible” and  accepted  that he will do nothing  more to clear his name, having pleaded not guilty in the court.

“I will not be appealing in a Swiss court,” he told AFP, turning his back on what would have been his last legal recourse.

“It is difficult to follow it, because the principle of jurisdiction -– culpability has to be proven by prosecution -– was not applied”

“Nevertheless I look back with gratitude to all the years, in which I was able to realise my ideals for football and serve FIFA” added the Swiss

Blatter has therefore been asked by the CAS to pay a fine of 50,000 Swiss franc fine.

The Tribunal had in its ruling said: “Accordingly, by approving a payment of two million Swiss francs to Mr Platini in 2011 for the balance of work carried out under the alleged oral agreement, Mr Blatter breached the FIFA code of ethics.”

It said “the payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis.

“The panel further found that Mr Blatter unlawfully awarded contributions to Mr Platini under the FIFA executive committee retirement scheme which also amounted to an undue gift.”

However, CAS in May, reduced Platini’s ban to four years after he appealed but refused to honour Blatter’s plea.

Both men are still under investigation by the Swiss prosecutors for the way in which the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

FIFA is now led by Gianni Infantino who has lauched an anti-corruption campaign to effect change in world football.

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