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FIFA: Blatter and Platini receive eight years ban for corruption


New Delhi: FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the European Soccer boss Michael Platini were banned for eight years by FIFA’s ethics committee on Monday for alleged involvement in financial iregularities.

The pair was also fined. The investigation was carried out in a payment of more than two million dollars from FIFA to Platini.

This marks the end of Blatter’s 17-year reign as the FIFA Chief and Platini who was favorite to replace him, lost his chance.

THerre is an inquiry going on about the awarding of the world cup 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar respectively.

The prosecutors indicated that there 27 present or former FIFA officials that are under the scanner. Russian President Vladimir Putin had said that Sepp Blatter should be given the Nobel prize for his contribution to the world of football.

The corruption in football shook the world. Football, being the most famous game in the world is more financially supported than any other games. Players and clubs make a lot of money and it opens up the door for the corruption.

Sepp Baltter was criticized a number of times for his approach of leading the FIFA, however, he manegd to stay in the power for than one and a half decade.

Both men received a ban of eight years, but they did not get any criminal punishment. This also marks the heaviest casualities in the football world.

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FIFA expresses satisfaction over Guwahati stadium for U-17 World Cup

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Guwahati, March 26, 2017: A delegation of the world football governing body FIFA, accompanied by members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), on Sunday visited the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here to assess the preparedness of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup venue.

The delegation was pleased with the preparations at the venue and the eagerness shown by the Assam government, according to a release.

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Addressing the media after the inspection, FIFA Head of Events Jaime Yarza was happy with the progress at the venue.

“The state government is wonderful and their eagerness to be a great venue for the first FIFA tournament in the country is worth lauding. We know how passionate the supporters are in this part of the country and hence, we’re very happy to see the developments and preparations here in Guwahati,” he said.

“There are minor issues to sort out — like development of a new hotel for teams but I believe we are well on schedule for the tournament.”

Tournament Director of the LOC, Javier Ceppi, was also pleased with the progress shown.

“The state government of Assam has really taken the leadership when it comes to making the World Cup a huge effort in their state. We are already working on all operational and promotional matters to make sure that all the people of Assam and of the neighbouring north-eastern states can enjoy World Cup matches in the north-east,” Ceppi reckoned.

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Speaking about the venue which includes the stadium as well as training sites, he added: “The development in the stadium is very satisfactory and we are sure that the FIFA U-17 World Cup will do justice to the vision of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of making Guwahati the sports capital of India.”

Also present at the venue were Assam Sports Department Commissioner Ajay Tewari, Assam Football Association President Hemendra Nath Brahma and LOC Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya.

The delegation will finish their weeklong inspection at Kolkata on Monday. (IANS)

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