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Fifa ethics investigation sees Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini banned from the sport for eight years

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has received an eight year ban from involvement in the sport which effectively ends his presidency of the football body.

Blatter, who has ran the corporation which has been beleaguered with corruption accusations forcing pressure from major World Cup sponsors, will be banned from returning to the sport until he is 87 years old.

Similarly, Uefa chief Michel Platini received an eight year ban, scuppering his push to succeed Blatter as the head of Fifa.

German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert chaired disciplinary hearings with the duo last week over an alleged breach of the body’s ethics.

Blatter was found to have made a "disloyal payment" to Platini in 2011, honouring a verbal agreement.

Despite verbal contracts being legal in Swiss law, the duo broke Fifa rules, with charges including conflict of interest, false accounting and non co-operation.

The decision builds upon a 90 day ban issued to Sepp Blatter, Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke and Michel Platini in October over the accusations.

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