Giving the World Cup to Russia was part of what piqued investigators’ interest. (AP Photo/Alexei Nikolsky, pool, FILE)
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After five years of tumult, the far-reaching fallout from FIFA's decision to send the World Cup to Russia and Qatar has brought down another two voters – Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini – but not the hosts themselves.But the vote had a big part to play in the eight-year bans handed out Monday to FIFA President Blatter and Platini, a FIFA vice president and head of European football's ruling body, UEFA.As bank accounts were frozen, forensic software flagged up as suspicious a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) Platini received from Blatter in early 2011 .FIFA's ethics process concluded Monday when Blatter and Platini received eight-year football bans for the payment.As Blatter stepped up his fight against his humiliating removal from FIFA, the 79-year-old Swiss was left to rue how differently the last five years would have unfolded had the World Cup vote go his way.According to Blatter: No Qatar; no investigations delving into FIFA.
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