Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini suspended from football activities for eight years

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Investigators submitting a file of more than 50 pages.  The bans come into force immediately and they were also fined £33,700 ($40,000) and £54,000 ($80,000) respectively. Blatter was the FIFA’s  boss since 1998  and Platini has been in charge of UEFA since 2007. Both claimed the payment was honouring an agreement made in 1998 for work carried out between 1998 and 2002 when Platini worked as a technical adviser for Blatter. They are expected to appeal the verdicts to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. At a news conference, Blatter told to the media he thought he had convinced the Fifa ethics tribunal that the payment from Fifa to Platini was legitimate. There is pressure from governments and the International Olympic Committee for Fifa to push through major reforms aiming at making governance more transparent and accountable.  

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