Long time FIFA president, Sepp Blatter and UEFA president, Michel Platini, have been banned from football for eight years, in what could end Blatter’s football Career and damage potentials of Platini to hold any serious office in football.
The Fifa ethics committee, chaired by the German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, has ruled that both men should be banned despite their protestations that they did nothing wrong when Blatter paid the Uefa president 2m Swiss francs (£1.35m) in 2011, nine years after both men claimed it was originally due.
The committee found that: “Mr Blatter, in his position as president of Fifa, authorised the payment to Mr Platini which had no legal basis in the written agreement signed between both officials on 25 August 1999. Neither in his written statement nor in his personal hearing was Mr Blatter able to demonstrate another legal basis for this payment. His assertion of an oral agreement was determined as not convincing and was rejected by the chamber.”
In addition to being banned, Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs or £34,000 and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs or £54,000.
Blatter’s personal adviser Klaus Stoehlker said that the 79-year-old would appeal against the ban and was prepared to take the case to the court of arbitration for sport in Lausanne.