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Blatter and Platini could receive longer bans from Fifa

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini could face even longer bans after Fifa's ethics investigatory chamber confirmed it is appealing to increase the eight-year suspensions handed down to the two most powerful people in world football.

Blatter and Platini could be banned for even longer. Credit: Reuters

Blatter and Platini have themselves appealed against the eight-year bans imposed by the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber last month, but now face a counter-appeal from the investigators who had originally sought a lifetime ban.

The bans were imposed over a £1.3m payment made to Uefa president Platini, signed off by Fifa president Blatter, in 2011 which they said was to settle a verbal agreement made 13 years beforehand.

A spokesman for Fifa's ethics investigatory chamber told Press Association Sport: "I can confirm that we intend to appeal."

Fifa's appeal committee will hear the appeals from Blatter, Platini and the investigatory chamber. The case can then go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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New FA chief targets 2022 World Cup glory

New Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has claimed England winning the World Cup in 2022 is not a "pie-in-the-sky" hope.

Martin Glenn believes England can win the 2022 World Cup. Credit: theFA.com

Glenn started in his new job on Monday and said he supported FA chairman Greg Dyke's target of England winning the men's World Cup in 2022 - which is being held in Qatar - and the women's tournament a year later.

He told www.thefa.com:

Winning the World Cup in 2022 is not a pie-in-the-sky hope. It is the kind of ambition that should catalyse all ambitions to do things a bit differently.

Because let's face it - doing the same thing, after 49 years of not winning anything - might suggest the definition of madness.

– FA chief executive Martin Glenn
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