In a verdict that heightened the crisis in football's scandal-plagued world body, the court strongly criticised the FIFA president and vice president, saying there was 'no legal basis' for the payment that Blatter authorised for Platini in 2011.
While full-blown corruption charges were dropped, both men angrily vowed to fight the bans. Blatter said he felt he was being used as a 'punching ball' and declared, "I will fight to the end”.
The ban, which starts immediately, promises to end 79-year-old Blatter's four decades with FIFA in disgrace. It is also a devastating blow to Platini's hopes of taking over as head of FIFA in an election on February 26.
European football leaders said the case was a worry however. Dutch football federation president Michael van Praag, a former challenger to Blatter for the FIFA leadership, called the sentence 'extremely scandalous' for world football.

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