Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini banned for eight years by FIFA

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FIFA have banned both Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from all football activities for the next eight years.

The FIFA ethics committee, chaired by the German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, has ruled that both men should be banned despite their protestations that they did nothing wrong when Blatter paid the Uefa president 2m Swiss francs (£1.35m) in 2011, nine years after both men claimed it was originally due.

The committee found that: “Mr Blatter, in his position as president of FIFA, authorised the payment to Mr Platini which had no legal basis in the written agreement signed between both officials on 25 August 1999. Neither in his written statement nor in his personal hearing was Mr Blatter able to demonstrate another legal basis for this payment. His assertion of an oral agreement was determined as not convincing and was rejected by the chamber.”

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The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) ethics committee also imposed, a 50,000 Swiss francs or £34,000 fine for Blatter and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs or £54,000.

Guardian

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