According to Reuters, FIFA suspended the incumbent president Sepp Blatter organization and the head of UEFA Michel Platini from football activities for eight years.
The decision was made following an investigation conducted by the FIFA Ethics Committee. The prohibition applies to both international and national levels. Both functionary also pay fines: Blatter – 50 thousand Swiss francs, Platini – 80 thousand. The investigation of the Ethics Committee began after it was reported that Blatter Platini transferred 2 million francs. FIFA president himself said that they were intended for providing consulting services Platini. The investigation, however, he was unable to provide proof of the legality of the transfer of funds.
Blatter, head of FIFA for a decade and a half, was re-elected to his post in May 2015 against the backdrop of major corruption investigations against functionaries who started the organization to lead the United States and Switzerland. Although he did not appear in material affairs, he had to promise that in early 2016 he will leave his post. Platini has long been considered the leading candidate to replace Blatter. FIFA president himself said that the Frenchman was the instigator of a corruption scandal, thus intending to open a path to the presidency. According to Blatter, the situation got out of control Platini, when the anti-corruption campaign actively joined the countries that lost the election for the right to carry out the next FIFA World Cup.