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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini banned for eight years by FIFA

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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been banned from all football-related activities for eight years, it has been announced.

FIFA’s Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, have banned the president and vice-president with immediate effect following corruption charges related to a £1.35 million payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.

A FIFA judge, according to AP’s Rob Harris, has concluded that “Platini failed to act with complete credibility and integrity” while “his actions did not show commitment to an ethical attitude.”

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Platini, has also been fined 80,000 Swiss francs over his two million Swiss franc payment from FIFA.

Blatter, who has been in charge of FIFA since June 1998, was found guilty of “abusing” his position as FIFA president over the payment to Platini which was described as a “conflict of interest”.

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