Blatter and Platini hit with eight-year ban by FIFA

FIFA's ethics committee has banned both men from football for eight years

21st December, 2015
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini at the preliminary draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Pic: Getty Images

FIFA banned president Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini for eight years over an unauthorised two million-Swiss franc (€1.85 million) payment, ending Platini’s chances of taking over the sport’s governing body.

Blatter was unable to demonstrate any “legal basis” for the payment in 2011, while Platini’s assertion of an oral agreement was rejected, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee said. Blatter was fined 50,000 francs...

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