The FIFA logo is pictured outside the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini were both banned from soccer for eight years Monday for ethics violations, leaving the global game leaderless as it struggles with a swirl of corruption cases.The pair, who were also fined, had been suspended in October while an investigation was carried out into a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.02 million) payment that soccer's global governing body made to Platini in 2011, with Blatter's approval. Platini, like Blatter, has denied wrongdoing.The ethics inquiry began after the Swiss attorney general decided to open criminal proceedings against Blatter over the payment to Platini. Blatter and Platini argued that the payment followed from a verbal agreement they made in 1998, and concerned work that Platini did for FIFA between 1998 and 2002 . Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs and Platini, who boycotted the ethics committee hearing as unfair, 80,000 .
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