Blatter, Platini now free to appeal bans - Fifa

Saturday January 9 2016

A file picture taken on May 29, 2015 shows Fifa President Sepp Blatter (left) shakes hands with Uefa president Michel Platini after being re-elected following a vote to decide on the Fifa presidency in Zurich. Blatter and Platini have been banned for eight years by a Fifa ethics committee.  PHOTO | MICHAEL BUHOLZER |

A file picture taken on May 29, 2015 shows Fifa President Sepp Blatter (left) shakes hands with Uefa president Michel Platini after being re-elected following a vote to decide on the Fifa presidency in Zurich. Blatter and Platini have been banned for eight years by a Fifa ethics committee. PHOTO | MICHAEL BUHOLZER |  AFP

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Fifa's ethics tribunal said 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.

"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.

In December, it banned the Fifa president and vice president from football for eight years, saying they had abused their positions over a suspect $2 million payment.

The tribunal did not reveal Saturday what its reasoning was, but said it had now "fulfilled its commitment to provide the grounds for the respective decisions to Mr Blatter and Mr Platini within the first half of January 2016."

"After receiving the grounds for the decisions, both officials may lodge an appeal with the Fifa Appeal Committee," the statement said.