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    Former UEFA head Michel Platini and FIFA President Joseph Blatter, who have been banned from football-related activities, could face new charges, German media reported.

    A combination made on October 29, 2015 shows two pictures showing Fifa president president Sepp Blatter (L) on May 30, 2015 in Zurich, and UEFA leader Michel Platini on May 28, 2015 in Zurich
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) On December 21, FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee Adjudicatory Chamber banned Blatter and Platini, who was also FIFA Vice President, for eight years from all football-related activities because of Blatter making an alleged payment of some 2 million Swiss francs ($2.03 million at current exchange rates) to Platini at the expense of FIFA. However, later the ban was reduced to six years.

    The German Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported Saturday that new accusations could be made against the former football officials in the context of another suspicious Blatter's payment to Platini to pay rent for his office in the French capital of Paris.

    FIFA has been mired in a corruption scandal since early 2015. In May, several high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges. Prosecutors have alleged widespread intra-FIFA corruption linked with World Cup bids and marketing and broadcasting rights.

    Following Blatter's resignation, Swiss-Italian football administrator Gianni Infantino was elected new FIFA president, while Spain's Angel Maria Villar Llona became acting UEFA president, because of Platini's suspension.

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