FIFA corruption scandal: Sepp Blatter banned for eight years

FIFA's president Sepp Blatter and his planned successor Michel Platini have been banned from all football-related activities for eight years. 

The football federation's ethics committee has ruled that Blatter broke rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering gifts. 

Platani broke rules on conflict of interest and loyalty.

Both denied wrongdoing when Platini took $US2 million of FIFA money approved by Blatter as uncontracted salary for work as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

The payment was made in February 2011, just before Blatter started campaigning for re-election as president. 

The scandal was revealed as part of a probe into the federation's business affairs, focusing on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

Blatter, 79, has been in charge at FIFA since 1998 and was set to step down as president in February.

Blatter and Platini have also been fined, although the amount is not public knowledge.

Both men previously said they would appeal against any sanctions.


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