Disgraced FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been banned for eight-years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation by the world’s football governing body.
Blatter, 79 who has been FIFA President since 1998 as well as UEFA President Michel Platini were both banned for eight-years after they were found guilty of beaches in regards to a £1.3 million (AUS $2.7 million) ‘disloyal payment’ made to Platini four-years ago.
The FIFA ethics committee deemed that Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an ‘abusive execution’ of their positions.
Blatter, who held a media conference following the ethics findings insisted that he will challenge the ruling, whilst Platini described the decision as a ‘masquerade’ as he believes it’s intended to ‘dirty’ his name.
Both Blatter and Platini, who were also fined deny any wrong doing and will appeal their bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) and both will be allowed to attend football games and tournaments, such as next year’s European Championships in France, only if they purchase tickets in a private capacity.
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