Blatter, Platini Banned From Football for 8 Years
The ethics committee of football's ((soccer)) governing body FIFA has banned embattled President Sepp Blatter and his one-time protege from the sport for eight years.
The committee took the action against Blatter and Michel Platini, the head of the Union of European Football Association ((UEFA)) on Monday over a $2 million payment Blatter made to Platini in 2011. Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the payment.
The ban will likely derail Platini's bid to succeed Blatter when elections are held in February. Both men, who have denied any wrongdoing, are expected to appeal to the FIFA appeals committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Blatter and Platini had both been provisionally banned since October because of the controversial payment.
FIFA has been embroiled in scandal after 14 FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich in May and charged in the United States with nearly 50 counts of corruption, including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. Swiss officials have also opened a separate criminal investigation involving FIFA's selection of Russia and Qatar to host the World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022 respectively.
Indian Supreme Court Rejects Appeal to Keep Rapist in Custody
India's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to keep a young man in prison. He was one of six males who brutally raped a young woman in 2012.
The court said Monday "Under the present law, detention cannot be extended beyond three years."
Five of the men were sent to prison, but the youngest, who was 17 at the time, was sent to a correctional facility for three years; the maximum term allowed under Indian law.
The Delhi Commission for Women filed the petition to keep the young man, who is now 20, in custody.
DCW wrote in its petition the Indian government has not submitted any material "to establish that the mental state of the respondent has been reformed . . .the respondent continues to have criminal/perverse bent of mind which poses a serious threat to women."