Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini banned for eight years

Both men were connected to corruption charges around a 2 million Swiss Franc payment in 2011.

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JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter and suspended Uefa president Michel Platini have been banned for eight years from all football-related activities on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately.

Blatter appeared before Fifa's ethics committee at the organisation's headquarters in Zurich last week.

He defended himself against claims that he made an unauthorised payment of two million Swiss francs to Platini for advisory services.

Blatter's hearing lasted eight hours and he appeared before the committee's adjudicatory chamber with his lawyer, who presented evidence which they believed would clear the 79-year-old of allegations of misconduct.

Fifa's statement released this morning states, "The proceedings against Mr Blatter primarily related to a payment of CHF 2,000,000 transferred in February 2011 from Fifa to Mr Platini. Mr Blatter, in his position as President of Fifa, authorised 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."

Blatter has also been fined 50,000 Swiss Francs, while Platini was fined 80,000 Swiss Francs.

The football bosses were provisionally suspended for 90 days, with the Fifa Ethics Committee later recommending they be banned from football for life.

Platini didn't attend his hearing on Friday in protest of his charge.

He is now unable to run for Fifa president.