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FIFA suspends Blatter and Platini for 90 days after becoming embroiled in criminal case

  • FILE - In this June 1, 2011 file photo Swiss FIFA President Joseph Blatter, right, and French UEFA President Michel Platini walk together at the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

    FILE - In this June 1, 2011 file photo Swiss FIFA President Joseph Blatter, right, and French UEFA President Michel Platini walk together at the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 29, 2015 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, UEFA President Michel Platini, center, and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, right, are engaged in conversation during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo FIFA provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter, UEFA President Michel Platini and the former secretary general Valcke for 90 days. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

    FILE - In this May 29, 2015 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, UEFA President Michel Platini, center, and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, right, are engaged in conversation during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo FIFA provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter, UEFA President Michel Platini and the former secretary general Valcke for 90 days. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 file photo FIFA president Sepp Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, left, leave after a press conference in Marrakech, Morocco. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo FIFA provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter and the former secretary general Valcke for 90 days. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 file photo FIFA president Sepp Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, left, leave after a press conference in Marrakech, Morocco. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo FIFA provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter and the former secretary general Valcke for 90 days. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)  (The Associated Press)

FIFA has provisionally banned President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini for 90 days in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation.

The move by the FIFA ethics committee further taints Blatter's 40-year career at FIFA, including 17 years as president. It also damages the hopes of Platini to replace Blatter in the February election.

Swiss authorities turned up at Blatter's office at FIFA headquarters last month and interrogated him. The criminal case centers on Blatter allegedly misusing FIFA money by making a $2 million payment to Platini, who was questioned as a witness.

Blatter was also questioned by Swiss investigators about broadcasting contracts sold to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner in 2005 that were supposedly undervalued.