Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been banned for eight years by FIFA’s ethics committee for conflict of interest and disloyalty to the football organisation.
The FIFA statement read:
”The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert has banned Mr Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA, for eight years and Mr Michel Platini, Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of FIFA and President of UEFA, for eight years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately.
The proceedings against Mr Blatter primarily related to a payment of CHF 2,000,000 transferred in February 2011 from FIFA to Mr Platini. Mr Blatter, in his position as President of FIFA, authorised the payment to Mr Platini which had no legal basis in the written agreement signed between both officials on 25 August 1999. Neither in his written statement nor in his personal hearing was Mr Blatter able to demonstrate another legal basis for this payment. His assertion of an oral agreement was determined as not convincing and was rejected by the chamber.
In consequence, Mr Blatter has been banned for eight years from all football related activities and fined CHF 50,000.
In consequence, Mr Platini has been banned for eight years from all football related activities and fined CHF 80,000.”
The full statement can be found on FIFA’s official website.
Shortly after the announcement of the decision Blatter held a press conference at which he said that FIFA’s Ethics Committee has no right to go against him and said he would be appealing the ban.
“I’m really sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I am still somewhere a punching ball,”
”I’m sorry for me for, how I’m tainted in this world of humanitarian qualities,”
”Even suspended I am the President. I am not ashamed. I [do] not regret …”
“I will always repeat that. I am a man of principles. These principles are never taking money you have never earned and pay your debts.”
”We will go once again to the Appeal Committee,”
“I’m a Swiss citizen. In the Swiss law you wouldn’t be suspended for eight years — you will have had to commit something very, very important.”
“I am fighting not for me, but as the elected President of FIFA … and they have cut me off,”
“We have to defend ourselves, I hope Platini feels the same.”