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Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini free to appeal bans: FIFA ethics committee

Geneva: FIFA's ethics tribunal said on Saturday it had provided Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini with the reasons for its decision to ban them from football for eight years, clearing the way for them to appeal against the decision.

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini 

"The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee... has notified Mr Joseph S Blatter and Mr Michel Platini of the grounds for the decisions passed in December 2015," the body said in a statement. Platini's lawyer Thibaud d'Ales said the UEFA president had indeed received the reasons behind the ban.

In December, the ethics tribunal banned the FIFA president and vice president from football for eight years, saying they had abused their positions over a $2 million payment made to Platini in 2011 for work carried out between 1999 & 2002.

Michel Platini to appeal ban on Monday

Paris: UEFA president Michel Platini will appeal his eight-year ban from football on Monday, according to his lawyer. Thibaud d'Ales said Platini had received overnight from FIFA the reasons behind the ban. "We'll read them, analyse them and launch an appeal on Monday," he said.

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