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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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BFA & FIFA to hold Women’s Football Strategy Workshop

The Botswana Football Association and the FIFA Women’s Football Department is set to hold a Women’s Football Strategy Workshop on the 15th and 16th February 2019 at the Lekidi Football Centre.

The strategic meeting will be key towards moving woman’s forward as it will develop a strategy and a structure that will allow full activation of our woman’s game. We believe this meeting will be important in ensuring that all regions are aligned with one common strategy and goal for the woman’s game.

Botswana is fortunate to be one of the first countries that FIFA will assist with developing a tailor-made solution to woman’s Football since FIFA reviewed its position and strategy for woman’s game.

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