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Issa Hayatou will serve as Acting President of FIFA

Issa Hayatou Credit: PA

Issa Hayatou will serve as Acting President of Fifa in the wake of the ban on Sepp Blatter.

Mr Hayatou is the longest-serving vice-president on Fifa’s Executive Committee and a former athlete.

As mandated by article 32 (6) of the Fifa Statutes, Issa Hayatou, as the longest-serving vice-president on FIFA’s Executive Committee, will serve as Acting President of FIFA.

– Fifa statement

Blatter: Ban is based on a 'misunderstanding'

Fifa President Sepp Blatter is "disappointed" by the decision, which he believes is based on a "misunderstanding".

His lawyers Lorenz Erni, Erni Brun Forrer (Zurich, Switzerland) and Richard Cullen, McGuireWoods LLP (Richmond, VA) have released a statement.

President Blatter was disappointed that the Ethics Committee did not follow the Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Code, both of which provide for an opportunity to be heard.

Further, the Ethics Committee based its decision on a misunderstanding of the actions of the Attorney General in Switzerland, which has opened an investigation but brought no charge against the President.

In fact, the prosecutors will be obliged by law to dismiss the case if their investigation, barely two weeks old, does not establish sufficient evidence. President Blatter looks forward to the opportunity to present evidence that will demonstrate that he did not engage in any misconduct, criminal or otherwise.

– Blatter's lawyers statement


Fifa suspends Blatter, Platini and Valcke for 90 days

Fifa President Sepp Blatter, Uefa President Michel Platini and Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke have been provisionally banned from all football activities for 90 days.

Former Fifa Vice President Chung Mong-Joon has been banned for six years and fined 100,000 Swiss Francs (£67,000).

Michel Platini, Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Chung Mong-Joon. Credit: Reuters

During this time they are banned from football activities on a national and international level and the bans come into force immediately.

Fifa's ethics committee says the provisional bans for Platini, Blatter and Valcke may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days.

Swiss prosecutors last month opened a criminal investigation into Blatter over a Caribbean World Cup TV rights contract he signed, and a 2011 payment of two million francs to Platini, whose status the Swiss attorney general has described as being between a witness and an accused person.

The grounds for these decisions are the investigations that are being carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee.

– Fifa ethics committee

Fifa suspend Blatter and Platini for 90 days

Sepp Blatter has been suspended. Credit: PA

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have both been provisionally banned for 90 days from any football-related activity in a ruling that throws world football into total meltdown.

Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke has also been banned for 90 days, and Fifa presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon has been banned for six years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs, Fifa's ethic committee has announced.

Outgoing Fifa president Blatter and Uefa president Platini - who had been favourite to succeed 79-year-old Blatter - will now not be involved in any football activity for the next three months while investigations continue. The 90-day suspension can also be extended by a further 45 days.

A statement from Fifa's ethics committee said: "During this time, the above individuals are banned from all football activities on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately."

Latest updates: Fifa suspends Blatter, Platini, Valcke and Chung

Platini: Leaks are trying to damage my reputation

Uefa president Michel Platini has said reports that he is to be suspended by Fifa are "insidious" leaks that are "essentially an attempt to damage my reputation".

Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter are both facing a provisional 90-day suspension while ethics committee investigations continue into a £1.35million payment made to the Frenchman by FIFA in 2011.

Michel Platini has come out fighting. Credit: PA

Platini said in a statement: "It was reported last night that the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee intends to recommend to its adjudicatory chamber that I be given a 90-day suspension.

"This is clearly an extremely serious matter - all the more so given that this information appears to have come from an official FIFA source, despite the fact that the ethics committee, which is supposed to act with full independence, has not yet issued its decision.

"This deliberate leak - which is insidious in nature and has come about in an unacceptable manner - is essentially an attempt to damage my reputation."


Dyke: Without sponsors there is no World Cup

FA chairman Greg Dyke has told ITV News world football is now likely to follow major sponsor calls for Sepp Blatter to quit Fifa immediately.

He said: "I think this is very important because what it means is two of the major funders of the World Cup are now saying unless something changes they're not there."

He added that without sponsors there was no World Cup.

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