Tue, Dec 22, 2015, 06:57 AM
FIFA's ethics committee has banned its suspended president, Sepp Blatter, and European soccer boss Michel Platini for eight years. Blatter pledged to challenge the ruling and accused the US of pettiness. The pair was suspended on Monday over a 2 million Swiss franc payment by FIFA to Platini in 2011, which is currently being investigated. Both men deny any wrongdoing. Blatter said he intends to challenge the decision of the committee at FIFA's appeals body or take legal action under Swiss law if needed.