Fifa bans Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from football for eight years

The FIFA ethics committee has banned Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini from football activities for eight years.

The bans follow an investigation into a £1.3m "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011.

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Michel Platini to appeal Fifa football ban

Uefa President Platini speaks to the media earlier in December Credit: Reuters

Michel Platini has said he will appeal the decision taken by Fifa to ban him for eight years.

The head of European football said in a statement that he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his ban from the game announced by the Fifa ethics committee on Monday.

The Frenchman said in a statement that he was "at peace with my conscience".

Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter vowed to "fight" his own ban from the Ethics Committee.

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Uefa 'disappointed' with Platini ban, will support appeal

Uefa will support president Michel Platini through an appeal against his eight-year ban, the organisation has said.

In a statement, the body - which represents football associations across Europe - said it was "disappointed" with the decision by Fifa's Ethics Committee to ban and fine Mr Platini.

Uefa has taken note of the decision of the Fifa Ethics Committee to suspend Michel Platini for eight years from all football-related activities.

Naturally, Uefa is extremely disappointed with this decision, which nevertheless is subject to appeal.

Once again, Uefa supports Michel Platini's right to a due process and the opportunity to clear his name.

– Uefa statement

Blatter vows to 'fight' after being hit with eight-year ban

Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter has vowed to "fight" after being hit with an eight-year ban from football.

"Suspended for eight years - suspended for what?" he demanded, speaking at a press conference in Zurich following the decision of the Independent Ethics Committee.

He confirmed he plans to take his objections to Fifa's appeals body, go before the Lausanne-based sports arbitration panel, or take legal action under Swiss law if needed.

He said he had served with "heart and conscience" for more than 40 years, and criticised the committee for its handling of the investigation, saying he felt he had been "betrayed".

"I am a man of principles, and these principles are: Never take money you have not earned; secondly, pay your debts - but now they are telling me that I tried to buy votes through Michel Platini votes for the 2011 elections," he added.

Blatter: I am being treated as a punching ball

Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said he is being treated as a "punching ball", after being banned from all football-related activities for eight years.

Sepp Blatter has been banned for eight years Credit: APTN

"To say that it's a good day for me or for Fifa would be totally wrong," he said.

He defended a £1.3 million payment he made to Uefa president Michel Platini, saying it had been part of an oral contract - or "gentleman's agreement" - for his work for Fifa.

He accused the Ethics Committee of ignoring evidence of the agreement.

"I'm sorry that I'm still a punching ball - and I'm sorry for football," he said.

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Blatter arrives at press conference after eight-year ban

Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter has arrived at a press conference after being slapped with an eight-year ban by the footballing body's ethics committee.

Sporting a plaster on his face, Mr Blatter refused to answer questions from the crowd of journalists as he made his way into the building in Zurich.

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