FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini received eight-year bans from soccer from FIFA’s ethics committee on Monday.
The pair was under investigation for a payment made from FIFA, signed by Blatter, to Platini back in 2011. The payment was supposedly for work Platini had done as technical advisor back in the late 90s and early 2000s. Blatter and Platini argued that they had a verbal agreement about the compensation, but there were no written records explaining why Platini would receive a payment nine year after the fact.
The ethics committee found that: “Mr Blatter, in his position as president of FIFA, authorized 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.”
Both men has said that they will appeal the decision. Blatter, 79, has been FIFA president since 1998 and has been heavily criticized since the FIFA corruption scandal broke earlier this year. Platini, 60, has been UEFA president since 2007 and was planning on running for FIFA president as Blatter was set to step down in February.