Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following investigations by the FIFA ethics committee.
The bans which comes immediately into force will bring an end to Blatter’s long career as a football administrator, even though the Swiss already announced his intention to stand down before February’s presidential election.
PLATINI who also has been in charge of UEFA since 2007 and was tipped as the next president of FIFA will forfiet his ambition in the wake of the ban.
Blatter and Platini were found guilty of ethics code breaches surrounding a £1.3m “disloyal payment” made to the Platini in 2011.
Both men denied any wrongdoing and claimed the payment was honouring an agreement made in 1998 for work carried out between 1998 and 2002 when Platini worked as a technical adviser for Blatter.
Neither man has been able to provide a written contract for the payment, however, or definitively explain away why it was eventually paid in 2011, a few weeks before the presidential election at a time when Blatter was facing a challenge from Mohamed bin Hammam.
German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, the chairman of Fifa’s adjudicatory chamber, held disciplinary hearings for the pair last week.
Charges included conflict of interest, false accounting and non co-operation, with investigators submitting a file of more than 50 pages.