FIFA Ethics Court Bans Two Footballing Legends For 8 Years
The footballing world has been undergoing numerous drastic changes over the last few years, with too many changes taking place to keep track of. In the midst of such a developmental phase in world football, football’s global governing body FIFA has uncovered a major scandal that puts a couple of big names from the footballing world to shame.
Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s President, and Michel Platini, the man who was hoping to be his successor in the upcoming Presidential Election, have been removed from the body and been banned for 8 years by the Ethics Committee of the body.
The global body of football, which has seen and dealt with quite a few scandalous cases within its framework in the recent past, suffered a big blow when it was revealed that Blatter and Platini broke the Code of Ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering or receiving gifts.
Both Blatter and Platini denied events in 2011 when Platini took $2 million of FIFA money approved by Blatter as salary outside contract for work as a presidential advisor from 1999-2002.
Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) and Platini, a FIFA Vice President and Head of UEFA, European football’s governing body, was fined 80,000 Swiss francs ($80,400).
Platini has always been an icon to those involved in French football, having been National team captain and coach, when the newly-elected Blatter offered him a job in 1998. Blatter also considered Platini as a successor of his in FIFA politics.
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