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Fifa Corruption Scandal

Life bans again urged for Blatter and Platini

Fifa prosecutors say eight-year suspensions for the pair are too lenient

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 January, 2016, 12:55am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 January, 2016, 12:55am

Already banished from soccer for eight years, former Fifa president Sepp Blatter and former Uefa chief Michel Platini are again facing the threat of life bans.

Fifa ethics prosecutors said on Tuesday they will appeal to increase the bans, arguing they are too lenient.

The investigatory chamber intends to appeal against the decision against Mr Blatter and Mr Platini at the appeal committee of Fifa
Fifa prosecution unit

“The investigatory chamber intends to appeal against the decision against Mr Blatter and Mr Platini at the appeal committee of Fifa,” the prosecution unit said.

The counter-challenge revives the prospect of life bans, which both men revealed had been recommended by investigators before their ethics hearings last month.

Blatter and Platini have said they will also appeal against the eight-year sanctions handed down by four ethics judges who rejected charges of bribery and corruption. Instead, Blatter and Platini were banned for a range of lesser violations of the Fifa ethics code, including accepting or receiving gifts and conflicts of interest.

They deny wrongdoing over Blatter approving a two million Swiss franc (HK$15.5 million) payment from Fifa to Platini in 2011 as backdated salary without a contract.

Platini worked as a presidential adviser to Blatter from 1999-2002 but did not claim the money owed to him for more than eight years, when Fifa was no longer obliged by Swiss law to pay him.

The case has ended Platini’s bid to succeed his former mentor as Fifa president in an election on February 26.