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Fifa clears Blatter in bribery scandal

Sepp Blatter, the Swiss head of Fifa, the world football governing body, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Fifa ethics committee hearing.

But Fifa on Sunday evening announced that it had temporarily suspended two other top officials, Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner, saying they should face a full enquiry.

Bin Hammam, the head of Asian football, had said that he was withdrawing from Fifa's presidential election, where he was the only candidate standing against Blatter, just hours before the hearing.

Bin Hammam, from Qatar, and Warner, Fifa vice president, were accused of bribing Caribbean voters on a campaign visit.

Fifa cleared Blatter of having ignored these alleged corruption attempts.

The Swiss is standing for a fourth term as head of football’s world governing body on Wednesday.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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