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Timeline of FIFA, Blatter allegations

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May 27, 2015: Swiss police arrest seven FIFA officials, including then vice-presidents Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo, in Zurich two days before a FIFA congress as part of a US investigation of 14 people. Switzerland says it's looking into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup vote in December 2010.

May 29: Sepp Blatter is re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president.

June 2: The New York Times reports US authorities believe secretary-general Jerome Valcke authorised a $US10 million payment to an account controlled by former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner. The money comes from 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa.

June 2: Blatter announces he will step down at an extraordinary FIFA congress.

July 19: Webb pleads not guilty in the US to the charges after being extradited.

September 17: Valcke is released from his duties in connection with corruption allegations.

September 25: The Swiss attorney-general announces criminal proceedings against Blatter on suspicion of "criminal mismanagement as well as - alternatively - misappropriation" in connection with a contract with the Caribbean football union, and a disloyal payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini.

September 29: The FIFA ethics committee bans Warner, who stepped down from all football positions in 2011, for life in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

October 8: The FIFA ethics committee provisionally suspends Blatter, Platini and Valcke for 90 days from all football activities. It also bans presidential candidate Chung Mong Joon for six years.

November 12: Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino of Switzerland and South African Tokyo Sexwale are named presidential candidates by FIFA's electoral committee.

November 18: The FIFA appeal committee rejects appeals from Blatter and Platini against their suspension.

December 3: Two further top officials are arrested in a Zurich hotel by Swiss authorities as part of the US probe: FIFA vice-presidents Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay and Alfredo Hawit Banegas of Honduras.

December 21: Blatter and Platini are banned from football for eight years with immediate effect by FIFA's ethics committee.

January 7, 2016: Platini says he's withdrawing his candidacy for the FIFA presidency.

January 13: Valcke is dismissed as secretary-general by FIFA, and banned for 12 years by FIFA's ethics committee on February 12.

February 24: Blatter and Platini have appeals against football bans rejected by the FIFA appeal committee but their bans are reduced from eight to six years each.

February 26: Switzerland's Gianni Infantino is elected president of FIFA to succeed Blatter until 2019.

March 16: FIFA files for restitution of "tens of millions of dollars" from former football officials indicted in the US on corruption charges.

April 22: Former FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls has a seven-year football ban reduced to three years on appeal.

May 9: Platini has six-year ban reduced to four years by Court of Arbitration for Sport.

May 23: FIFA deputy-secretary general and financial officer Markus Kattner is dismissed for "breaches of his fiduciary responsibilities".

September 9: Blatter, Valcke and Kattner are to be investigated by the ethics committee for a variety of violations relating to salary and bonuses, FIFA says. An internal report in June revealed they had enriched themselves by more than $US80 million in the past five years and some provisions in their contracts appeared in violation of Swiss law.

December 5: CAS rejects Blatter's appeal and confirms FIFA's six-year ban on Blatter in full, saying Blatter "breached the FIFA Code of Ethics since the payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis".

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