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The Daily Dirt: FIFA bans Sepp Blatter for eight years

Blatter will appeal the suspension.

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It seems the Sepp Blatter saga has come to an end. FIFA's ethics committee has suspended the disgraced president, along with UEFA president/partner in crime Michel Platini, for eight years. The two had been banned for 90 days by the committee after being charged in involvement with "disloyal" payments made by FIFA to Platini in 2011. Those payments were worth a little more than $2 million. Blatter plans to appeal the suspension.

Real Madrid 10 - 2 Rayo Vallecano: Immediate Reaction [Managing Madrid]

That's right, Madrid picked up a 10-2 victory over the weekend. Gareth Bale led the charge with four goals of his own.

Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich this summer; Carlo Ancelotti named successor [Bavarian Football Works]

For a couple of English clubs that might have been interested in Ancelotti — hello, Chelsea and Manchester United — this isn't the best news in the world. Ancelotti will take over Bayern on a three-year contract. There's no official word on where Guardiola will land, but replacing Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City seems to be the most likely option.

Chelsea thump Sunderland for 5th win of the season [We Ain't Got No History]

With Jose Mourinho out and interim manager Guus Hiddink in, Chelsea won a Premier League game for the first time in nearly a month.

Jose Mourinho in talks with Manchester United as Van Gaal set for sack [The Busby Babe]

Speaking of Mourinho, here's a terrible idea out of Manchester. Manchester United lost again over the weekend, and just about everyone is tired of Louis van Gaal. Hiring Mourinho could be brilliant if he's fired up and can make the players fit his system, or it could result in both manager and club being a laughingstock.

What's happening in The A?

Stop the presses: The Falcons actually won a game. Atlanta blew a 17-3 lead, but managed to edge the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-17, to stop a six-game losing streak.

The Hawks might be turning things around with a three-game winning streak. Atlanta defeated the Celtics in Boston Friday night and traveled to Orlando for a win over the Magic on Sunday.