FIFA Ethics Court bans Sepp Blatter for 8 years

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FIFA Ethics Court bans Sepp Blatter for 8 years
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HUFFINGTON POST – Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of world soccer’s most powerful leaders.

FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA in a $2 million payment deal that is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.

Blatter’s FIFA career is ending in disgrace after more than 17 years as president and 40 years in total with the scandal-hit governing body.

Platini’s bid to succeed his former mentor in the Feb. 26 presidential election is now likely over, though both are expected to appeal at the FIFA appeals committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Blatter has suggested he could pursue a lengthier appeal to Switzerland’s highest court, the federal tribunal, which can intervene if legal process was abused.

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  1. There is no little irony that FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his one time side kick and football great Michel Platini have been cast out based on no nonsense rules they helped establish and wielded with such ruthlessness against many others.

    While popular criticism suggests Blatter was the author of a corrupt footballing dynasty, many around world football will see it different. In his quest to maintain control, the erstwhile FIFA president devolved power away from Europe and South America towards less developed continents of Africa and the Caribbean. And it is they who will decide who will succeed him.

    Whilst Platini was once Europe's favourite candidate for the job he was never likely to have enlisted the support of the 90 or so nations in the developing world that Blatter helped with more than $2m a country in development funds in recent times.

    FIFA is the owner of the single most successful sporting event in the world, the World Cup, due in no small part to Blatter's commercial acumen. With a myriad of spinoff programmes, including a development scheme that keeps hundreds of footballing nations afloat, the upcoming FIFA elections will be as much about politics and money as it is about influence and management.

    A credible or clear plan for helping build the beautiful game on the field is still required. Blinded by the power of running the global game, the focus on restoration and change has led to a lamentable lack of understanding and clarity on what next for one of the few independent sports development organisations in the world.

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