Thursday 8 December 2016

'Deluded!' - Gary Lineker joins chorus of condemnation for Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini

Published 21/12/2015 | 14:27

Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker

The world of sport has welcomed the eight-year bans from football for Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

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FIFA's ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert punished the pair for a "disloyal payment" of €1.85m to Platini which was signed off by Blatter.

The bans come into force immediately and ends Platini's slim hopes of running for the FIFA presidency on February 26.

Out-going FIFA president Blatter will appeal the sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and MP Damian Collins, a member of the House of Commons Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport who has campaigned for FIFA reform, took to Twitter to air his views.

He wrote: "Today is the end of #Blatter. 2016 will also determine whether it is over for #FIFA. Wholesale, independent reform is all that can save it.

"The #Blatter and #Platini FIFA bans are an early Christmas present for football, but don't hide the need for wholesale independent reform."

Former England striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker also questioned what Blatter said during his press conference on Monday morning. "Deluded! I honestly think he believes the nonsense he spouts," he tweeted.

BBC colleague Gabby Logan, who presented Sports Personality of the Year alongside Lineker on Sunday, added: "Anyone got any idea what Sepp is actually sorry for? #SeppBlatter"

Blatter was defiant on Monday but ex-Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand wondered who will replace the Swiss as well as UEFA boss Platini, writing: "Who is going to run #fifa now these 2 have been put to sleep in football???"

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