FIFA bosses banned for eight years

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have each been banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee in a stunning removal of world soccer’s most powerful leaders.

FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA in a $2 million payment deal that is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.

In a news conference shortly after the verdict was announced, Blatter said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, insisting he had done nothing wrong.


Despite the ban, both Blatter and Platini will be allowed to attend matches, including Euro 2016 in France, if they buy tickets in a private capacity.

FIFA boss since 1998, Blatter had already announced he was quitting with a presidential election in February.

Platini was tipped as a future leader of football’s world governing body and is a three-time European Footballer of the Year.

He is also a former captain of France and has been in charge of UEFA, European football’s governing body since 2007.