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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 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.

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