Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini both indicated that they intend to appeal after the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa's independent ethics committee banned them from any football-related activities for eight years. The chamber also ordered fines of 50,000 Swiss francs (€46,127.5-$50,423.5) for Blatter, Fifa's president, and CHF 80,000 (€73,798.5-$80,672.4) for Platini, Uefa's president. The bans primarily relate to a payment of CHF 2 million (€1.8m-$2.0m) made in 2011 by Fifa to Platini for work performed as a special adviser between 1998 and 2002. The payment has raised some eyebrows because it occurred nine years after the reported end of the assignment. Blatter and Platini both deny wrongdoing, arguing that it stems from an oral agreement. The chamber said in a statement that the transfer, authorized by Blatter, had no legal basis in the written agreement between the two men in August 1999. It stated that the evidence available was “not sufficient” to establish that the payment constituted a bribe but that both men showed an “abusive execution” of their positions. Blatter indicated he would appeal to Fifa and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Should the ban be upheld, it would almost certainly mark an end to the extraordinary career of Blatter, who was re-elected for a fifth term as president in June but agreed to resign in February amid the governance scandal involving officials from Fifa and other football-related organizations. Appearing somewhat disheveled but defiant, Blatter vowed to fight on in a lengthy press conference last week. The ban also makes it increasingly unlikely that Platini, once a favorite to succeed Blatter at the helm of Fifa, will be allowed to stand as a candidate at the February election. Switzerland's attorney general is also investigating if the 2002 transfer constitutes a “disloyal payment.”