Blatter and Platini Found Guilty – Banned for 8-Years
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini banned for 8 years from all the football related activities. The decision came following an ethics investigation.
The bans are imposed and will come into effect immediately.
They were found guilty of making a disloyal payment Platini in 2011. Though both of them had denied the charges.
Blatter – 79 years old – was the boss of FIFA since 1979. He had already announced that he was quitting ahead of presidential elections in February.
Whereas Platini was considered the future leader of football’s governing body. He hoped to be the successor of Blatter. Former captain of France and a three-time European Footballer of the Winner – Platini – was in-charge of UEFA since 2007.
The duo was fined and suspended for 90 days in October while the investigation was being carried out $2m (£1.3m) fraud.
Both men denied of any wrongdoing.
Why are they banned?
Blatter and Platini were accused of breaching ethics code. An investigation was carried out surrounding the $2m disloyal payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.
Duo claimed that this payment was made for Platini’s work as a technical adviser for Blatter in 1998 till 2002.
The pair insisted that it was a verbal agreement, which is legal under Swiss law that wasn’t acceptable by judicial authorities and according to the opinion of well-experienced attorneys. This payment wasn’t part of Platini’s written contract.
Chairman of FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber – Hans-Joachim Eckert – conducted the hearings for the duo last week.
The file on the duo consisted of more than 50 pages which had following charges:
- Conflict of interest
- False accounting
- Non co-operation with investigators