Breaking News: FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini get 8-year ban from football

By Daily Sports on December 21, 2015

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation.

They were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.

The Fifa ethics committee found Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an “abusive execution” of their positions.

Both men deny wrongdoing. The bans come into force immediately.

Fifa boss since 1998, Blatter, 79, had already announced he was quitting ahead of February’s presidential election.

Platini, 60, was tipped as a future leader of football's world governing body and had hoped to succeed Blatter.

A three-time European Footballer of the Year and former captain of France, he had been in charge of UEFA – European football’s governing body – since 2007.

Blatter and Platini have also been fined £33,700 ($40,000) and £54,000 ($80,000) respectively.

A spokesman for Blatter confirmed he will appeal against the ban and is prepared to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Platini is expected to follow suit.

Blatter is also due to hold a news conference at 1000 GMT. (BBC)

•Photo shows Blatter and Platini.

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 21, 2015

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