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Blatter and Platini banned

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.

“I will fight for me and for FIFA,” Blatter, 79, said at a news conference.

Platini said the decision was a “masquerade” intended to “dirty” his name.

Both men continue to deny wrongdoing and intend to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Swiss Blatter and 60-year-old Frenchman Platini have also been fined £33,700 ($40,000) and £54,000 ($80,000) respectively.

FIFA boss since 1998, Blatter had already announced he was quitting with a presidential election in February.

Platini was tipped as a future leader of football’s world governing body and is a three-time European Footballer of the Year.

He is also a former captain of France and has been in charge of UEFA – European football’s governing body – since 2007.

Unshaven and sporting a plaster over his right cheek, Blatter was in defiant mood at a news conference he had called in advance of the punishments being made public.

“I will fight,” he said. “I will fight for me and for FIFA.”

He said he was “really sorry” that he is still “a punching ball” and that he has become tainted in the eyes of humanity.

He added that he thought he had convinced the FIFA ethics tribunal that the payment from FIFA to Platini was legitimate.

He plans to appeal, first to FIFA, then CAS. He may also take legal action under Swiss law if needed.

Platini however, stated that he was at ‘peace with his conscience’ despite the ruling.

“The decision is no surprise to me,” he said in a statement. “The procedure initiated against me by FIFA’s ethics committee is a pure masquerade.

“It has been rigged to tarnish my name by bodies I know well and who for me are bereft of all credibility or legitimacy.”

In the meantime, UEFA has issued a statement, revealing it is “extremely disappointed” with the decision.

It added: “Once again, UEFA supports Michel Platini’s right to a due process and the opportunity to clear his name.”

4 Responses to Blatter and Platini banned

  1. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke December 21, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I am still in shock. Cannot believe it. FIFA has an Ethics Committee?

  2. Tony Webster December 22, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Yep…this gotta be a new kind of Ethics Committee. Perhaps dedicated to the rooting-out…of anything that has a whiff, a scintilla, even a suspicion…of ethics!

    Nicest bunch of folks I ever met…who deserve to walk da plank into obscurirty and ignominy.

    The really chilling fear, is who / what will follow the blustering, blattering, bleating, Frothing One? These types learn to sharpen their skills…as they go along…

  3. Alex Alleyne December 22, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Step by step cleaning house .Looking forward to the end result as to WHO will control the game of football world wide.

  4. jrsmith December 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Who cares ,the whole world is corrupt, politicians, police, Attorneys ,Bankers, estate agents, customs officers, porters at the airport ,pastors ,reverends, everybody is at it and (US cant do anything about THEM). I wonder what happen about the porters scam at (Sir,Grantley.)

    As for the foot ball , a lot of noise is being by the UK, they are more crooked than most of us , but ask them ,how it was, that they played all they games at Wembley. The last time around.


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