President Sepp Blatter was cleared of any wrong doings by FIFA's ethics committee on Sunday, while two of soccer's most senior officials - Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner - were suspended in the worst corruption scandal, Reuters reported.
Blatter was cleared of any breach of FIFA's statutes, and will be standing unopposed for a fourth term in charge of FIFA in Wednesday's election. On the other hand, Bin Hammam, head of the Asian Football Confederation and Warner, a government minister in his native Trinidad & Tobago, were charged of arranging to pay delegates of the Caribbean Football Union an amount of $40,000 to vote for Blatter's only rival, Reuters' report said.
As per the suspension, both Bin Hammam and Warner are not allowed in any soccer-related activity.
Namibian judge Petrus Damaseb, who chaired Sunday's meeting, said the case against Warner and Bin Hammam will be heard in July.
Last November, two other executive members, Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu, were banned over the cash-for-votes allegations concerning the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Asked if this was the lowest point in FIFA's 107-year history, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told Reuters that FIFA's reputation is not at the highest right now, that's clear. It's sad.