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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini erased out of football after bans

Platini and Blatter thrown out of football
Platini and Blatter thrown out of football

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have both been banned for eight years from all football activity by FIFA's ethics committee.

The bans have been imposed by FIFA's ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert for a "disloyal payment" of 2million Swiss francs (£1.3m) to Platini, signed off by Blatter.

Blatter has also been fined 50,000 Swiss francs (£33,700) and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs (£54,000) after being found guilty of ethics code breaches including conflict of interest.

The charges found proven included offering and accepting gifts, conflict of interest, and violating their fiduciary duty to FIFA.

A statement from the ethics committee says: "Mr Blatter's actions did not show commitment to an ethical attitude, failing to respect all applicable laws and regulations as well as FIFA's regulatory framework to the extent applicable to him and demonstrating an abusive execution of his position as president of FIFA, hence violating article 13 of the FCE (general rules of conduct)."

It adds: "Mr Platini failed to act with complete credibility and integrity, showing unawareness of the importance of his duties and concomitant obligations and responsibilities.

"His actions did not show commitment to an ethical attitude, failing to respect all applicable laws and regulations as well as FIFA's regulatory framework to the extent applicable to him and demonstrating an abusive execution of his position as vice-president of FIFA and member of the FIFA executive committee."

Outgoing FIFA president Blatter and UEFA president Platini had claimed the payment had been made in 2011 following a verbal agreement between the pair when the Frenchman worked for Blatter from 1998 to 2002.

The explanation was rejected as "not convincing" by the ethics committee, who added that the evidence has not been sufficient to secure charges of corruption.