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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini banned 8 years

The pair have been punished for the £1.35m FIFA president Blatter gave to Platini in February 2011 as a salary for unofficial work he undertook as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

Ethics judges ruled that Blatter broke FIFA Code of Ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering gifts, and UEFA president Platini broke rules on conflict of interest and loyalty. But there was not sufficient evidence to prove the more serious charges of bribery or corruption.

Blatter’s spokesman has confirmed the 79-year-old will appeal and will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. And Platini has also confirmed he will appeal calling the ruling “a true mockery.”

In a statement, FIFA’s ethics committee said: “Mr Blatter, in his position as President of FIFA, authorised the payment to Mr Platini which had no legal basis in the written agreement signed between both officials on 25 August 1999.

[skysports.com]

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Veteran Journalist Visit the Under-17 team

Local journalists Anastacia Madondo Sibanda and Portia Mlilo this afternoon paid to the National Under-17 to wish the team well.

The duo encouraged the girls to be proud to represent their families, villages and importantly their country. Sibanda highlighted that the football community will be behind them on Friday and that they must give their very best.

Mrs Mlilo, on the other hand, said she was proud to see young girls from all walks of life representing the country as this was an indication of the diverse nation we have. She reminded them to be very proud of wearing the wearing the national jersey.

Botswana Under 17 women’s National team hosts Morocco on Friday 28th February 2020 at the National Stadium, kick-off is set for 1800hrs

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