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  • Lengthy Road Ahead for Blatter, Platini -- ATRadio


    (ATR) Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he feels "betrayed" and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini is virtually ending his hopes of replacing Blatter at the helm of world football.

    Blatter faces media at a press conference after receiving an eight-year ban from FIFA (Getty Images)
    Blatter and Platini each received eight-year bans on Monday for financial misconduct. Blatter was also fined 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,230) and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs ($80,370).

    Hans-Joachim Eckert, chair of FIFA's ethics adjudicatory body, ruled that they had breached four articles of the governing body's Code of Ethics over the $2 million "disloyal payment" FIFA made to Platini in 2011 for his work as a consultant to Blatter.

    Looking haggard, Blatter held a news conference at FIFA's old headquarters following Eckert's ruling.

    Both Blatter and Platini are sure to take their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with decisions possible in late January or early February.

    In this edition of ATRadio, Around the Rings European editor Mark Bisson weighs in on the future for the embattled world football figures.

    Click the SoundCloud link below for the full interview with ATR's Mark Bisson.

    Written and produced by Nicole Bennett

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