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Fraud: FIFA Slams 8 Years Ban On Blatter, Platini


BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ousted and embattled world football governing body FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart, Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from participating in all football-related activities.

The decision followed the outcome of investigations by the FIFA ethics committee.

The committee submitted Monday that the duo were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.

The committee found out that Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an “abusive execution” of their positions.

Similarly, Swiss, 79-years-old Blatter and 60-year-old Frenchman Platini have also been fined with the sum of £33,700 ($40,000) and £54,000 ($80,000) respectively.

Meanwhile, the former FIFA President and Platini shortly before the latest punishment was made public have vowed to fight against any attempt to soil their names.

At a news conference, Blatter retorted “I will fight for me and for FIFA.”

Platini on his own, described the committee’s decision as a “masquerade” intended to “dirty” his name.

Blatter and Platini have continuously denied any wrongdoing and have indicated interest to appeal against the allegation, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The troubled FIFA boss who has occupied his former office since 1998, had also declared that he would not contest in the world Football house Presidential contest, scheduled for February, 2016.

Following the heavy indictment, chances of Platini who has been previously tipped as the possible Blatter’s successor have been truncated.


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