Why a German Judge Called Time on Blatter

By suspending the soccer governing body's most powerful figures, the head of the FIFA ethics committee is telling them their era is over.

Time is up.

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It's unwise to hang on to power when the tide has turned against you, as Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, found out on Thursday. He was handed a 90-day suspension from his post and from soccer affairs in general, signalling that a search is on for a successor untainted by scandal. The man who handed down the suspension was once described by his hometown newspaper as "The planet's biggest Sepp Blatter-understander." 

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