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UPDATED: FIFA Bans Platini, Blatter For Eight Years

FIFA’s Ethics Committee has banned its suspended president, Sepp Blatter, and the president of UEFA ,Michel Platini, for eight years each. 
Both were banned after the committee decided that a $1.94 million payment to Platini by Blatter in 1999 was against the ethics code regarding financial dealings.
The committee was chaired by Hans Joachim Eckert.
The two have been banned from all football-related activities – administrative, sports or any other both at the national and international level. The ban comes into force with immediate effect.
The committee decided that Platini’s assertion of an oral agreement of the payment was not convincing and was rejected by the committee.
In a new development, Sepp Blatter has said he will appeal against the ethics committee ruling claiming he was “betrayed” by judges who ignored evidence.
Speaking in Zurich, Blatter said he would first take his case to a Fifa appeals committee before challenging his suspension at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.