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Sepp Blatter has finally been banned from all football-related activities alongside Michel Platini for eight years. The ethics committee have finally made the only choice available to them after recent revelations about their activities regarding a "disloyal payment" made between the pair in 2011.

While the fact that Platini has been fined more than Blatter remains a mystery, the outcome finally gives FIFA an opportunity to reclaim some credibility after becoming an embarrassment to the sport in recent years.

The bribery, the farce of the World Cup host selection process and general corruption at the highest level of football has indefinitely tarnished the organisation and the sport as a whole. The challenge to re-build this sport begins today.

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While they both continue to deny the allegations and say they will appeal the ban, it seems their careers at FIFA are over.

Whoever wins the leadership contest in February will have a huge job to make FIFA credible again and wipe out any corruption left in the organisation. Even with two of the main instigators out of the picture, FIFA is not yet free of criminal activity.

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Numerous others working at FIFA have had allegations thrown at them, suggesting a whole network of bribery and corruption throughout the organisation.

Whoever wins the presidential election at FIFA will have to perform miracles in order to bring FIFA back from the brink.

It could be the beginning of a new era for football's governing body but the next presidential appointment may just be the most important in the organisation's entire history. An uninspiring selection could leave the sport in an even weaker position than it is currently.

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