FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini have been banned from football for eight years by the ethics committee of the world football’s governing body.

Although cleared of all the corruption charges, both Blatter and Platini were found guilty on a series of other misconducts which included code breaches over “disloyal payment” from Blatter to Platini of over £1.3 million ( AU $2.79 million) in 2011.

The pair claimed that the payment was made honouring an agreement which was made in 1998 for the work which Platini carried out between 1998 and 2002 when the Frenchman was the technical adviser under Blatter.

The charges stated by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert included conflict of interest, non-co-operation and false accounting. The investigating team submitted a file, which consisted more than 50 pages.

"I will fight for me and for Fifa," Blatter said in a news conference, as reported by BBC.

Both Blatter and Platini will fight out against the sentence in FIFA’s own appeals committee and the court of arbitration for sport, but it seems unlikely that the verdict will be revoked and the controversial career of Sepp Blatter as the president of the world football’s governing body has finally come to an end and Platini’s hope of replacing his former boss as the president has also vanished.

Platini was disgusted when he compared the decision to a “masquerade” and stated that it intended to “dirty” his name and that he was “extremely disappointed” with the decision, as per BBC.

World football’s governing body FIFA has been alleged with several wrongdoings over many months which included the arrests of seven FIFA officials in Zurich at the end of May.

39 football officials were charged with over £134 million (AU $ 277 million) bribes for football television and marketing deals by the US authorities. Fifa’s management is also under constant investigation by the Swiss prosecutors regarding the choice of Russia and Qatar as the World Cup hosts for 2018 and 2022, respectively.

With Blatter gone, the FIFA presidential election is due to be held on Feb 26, 2016 when a new president will be elected by the 209 member states.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Tokyo Sexwale, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Gianni Infantino and Jerome Champagne are the current five candidates to be contesting for the elections.

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