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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini, the two most powerful men in world football, Monday were banned for eight years for ethics violations, leaving the world's most popular sport rudderless in a sea of graft cases.It also spells the end of Platini's hopes of replacing the 79-year-old Swiss at a FIFA Congress in February.Blatter, who spent four decades at FIFA, came out swinging, holding a news conference to tell reporters that he was sorry only that the president of FIFA was being treated as a "punching ball".Its inquiry began after the Swiss attorney general's office opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over the payment to Platini.Blatter and Platini argued that the payment followed a verbal agreement they made in 1998, and concerned Platini's work for Blatter between 1998 and 2002 .Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs and Platini 80,000 .
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