FIFA Bans Blatter and Platini From Soccer for Eight Years

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  • Platini was vying to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president
  • Blatter fined 50,000 Swiss francs, Platini fined 80,000 francs

Sepp Blatter arrives for a news conference at FIFA's former headquarters in Sonnenberg, Zurich, on Dec. 21, 2015.

Photographer: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

FIFA banned President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini for eight years over an unauthorized 2 million-Swiss franc ($2 million) payment, ending Platini’s chances of taking over the sport’s governing body.

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