Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been suspended from all football activity for a total of eight years.

Blatter alongside the UEFA President Michel Platini were found guilty of corruption following a lengthy ethics investigation.

Both men have been involved in football since 1998, when Blatter, 79, was elected FIFA boss.

They were found guilty of breaching ethics codes as it was discovered Platini received a ‘disloyal payment’ in 2011 from Blatter.

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The verdict announced by Hans-Joachim Eckert will see both men banned from the game until at least 2024.

Eckert delivered the verdict saying:

“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.

“Neither in his written statement nor in his personal hearing was Mr Blatter able to demonstrate another legal basis for this payment.

With their reputations in ruins it is extremely unlikely that the pair will return to football after the ban, Blatter had already stepped down from running for President in the FIFA election in February.

Platini, 60, was favourite for the election but will no longer be able to continue his campaign.

The decision has been a long time coming for football fans across the world who will be hoping the sport can move forward, away from the corruption that has tarnished the sport for the last decade.