FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation.

They were found guilty of breaches surrounding a 2 million US dollars “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.

The FIFA ethics committee found Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an “abusive execution” of their positions. The bans come into force immediately.

Swiss Blatter and Frenchman Platini have also been fined 40,000 and 80,000 US dollars respectively.

Both men continue to deny wrongdoing and a spokesman for Blatter confirmed he will appeal against the ban and is prepared to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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