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'Enough is enough' IOC tells Fifa

The International Olympic Committee has forcefully told Fifa to get its house in order in the wake of the latest suspensions.

The IOC said in a statement that football's governing body had to act urgently to address the "structural problem" in Fifa in order to restore stability and credibility".

Enough is enough. We hope that now, finally, everyone at FIFA has at last understood that they cannot continue to remain passive. They must act swiftly to regain credibility because you cannot forever dissociate the credibility of FIFA from the credibility of football.

FIFA must realise that this is now about more than just a list of candidates. This is also a structural problem and will not be solved simply by the election of a new President.

They must do two things immediately: they must accelerate and deepen the reform process in order to comply with accountability, transparency and all the principles of good governance, as expressed in our reform programme, Olympic Agenda 2020.

They should also be open for a credible external presidential candidate of high integrity, to accomplish the necessary reforms and bring back stability and credibility to FIFA'.

– International Olympic Committee statement


Valcke denies allegations after being suspended

Fifa Secretary Jerome Valcke has been suspended Credit: PA

Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke has released a statement refuting all allegations against him in the wake of his 90-day suspension.

Jerome Valcke said he is "confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear that he did absolutely nothing wrong".

Jerome Valcke has unequivocally denied the false allegation made against him. He is confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear that he did absolutely nothing wrong or improper in carrying out his duties for the good of FIFA and the sport.

– Jerome Valcke

FA: We back Platini until investigation concludes

Michel Platini Credit: PA

The FA has said it is awaiting the results of the investigation before dropping Michel Platini's bid to become the next Fifa President.

The FA said in a statement it is awaiting the results of the ethics inquiry and the investigation of the Swiss Atorney General.

It also said it is an "extremely disappointing day for football".

The FA committed this summer to supporting Mr Platini in his bid to become the next President of FIFA. At The FA Board meeting last week, we decided that remained our position while inquiries into certain allegations were being investigated.

We now await the results of both the Ethics Committee inquiry and the investigation of the Swiss Attorney General. We note that Mr Platini has issued a strong statement protesting his innocence.”

– FA statement

The statement adds that "our over-riding concern has always been for full and transparent reform as soon as possible and this remains The FA's priority", and that there are "key questions" that need to be answered.

The statement said that David Gill, the British member of the Fifa Executive, along with Wolfgang Niersbach, the German representative, have today called for an emergency meeting.

It said it also understands there will be a meeting of the 54 UEFA nations "as soon as next week".

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."

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