The decision, which comes as a corruption scandal swirls around FIFA, means that Blatter's 17 years at the helm of world soccer will end in disgrace and spells the end of Platini's hopes of replacing the 79-year-old Swiss in a presidential election in February.

Platini, a former France international who was one of the finest players of his generation and had led the European soccer body UEFA since 2002, had been the favourite to win that election until he was suspended.
               
The ethics inquiry began in the wake of the Swiss attorney general's decision to open criminal proceedings against Blatter over the payment to Platini. The office is also investigating the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals to Russia and Qatar.
     
Both were 'immediately' banned from every football activity. Blatter, FIFA's president since 1998, was fined 50,000 Swiss francs (USD 50,000/46,300 euros). Platini was fined 80,000 Swiss francs.
     
A statement by the court said both showed 'abusive execution' of their powers. In the case of Platini, the court said that he 'failed to act with complete credibility and integrity, showing unawareness of the importance of his duties'.

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