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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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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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