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Sepp Blatter 'still getting Fifa salary' despite football ban

Fifa's suspended president Blatter at a news conference in Zurich last December. Credit: Reuters

Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter is still receiving his presidential salary despite his world football ban, according to the Reuters news agency.

The Fifa ethics committee banned president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini from football activities for eight years.

The bans follow an investigation into a £1.3m "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011.

But Blatter, a Swiss national who has been president of FIFA since 1998, will continue to be paid until a new president is elected on 26 Feb, spokesman Andreas Bantel told Reuters.

This means Blatter would have been paid for nearly five months during which time he was unable to carry out his duties, and a period in which Fifa has appointed an acting president, African soccer head Issa Hayatou.