Zurich — FIFA's ethics committee has banned Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for eight years from all soccer-related activities.
Platini's bid to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in a Feb. 26 election is now likely ended.
Ethics judges ruled that Blatter broke FIFA Code of Ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering gifts.
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Platini broke rules on conflict of interest and loyalty.
Both denied wrongdoing in 2011 when Platini took $2 million of FIFA money approved by Blatter as uncontracted salary for work as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.
Blatter and Platini previously said they would appeal against any sanctions.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.