Blatter and Platini football bans reduced but both lose FIFA appeals

FIFA appeals committee make a ruling

BY Raf Diallo 18:12 Wednesday 24 February 2016, 18:12 24 Feb 2016

Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter. Picture by: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have had their worldwide bans from football reduced.

FIFA's appeal committee says their suspensions should be six years instead of eight.

The current FIFA president and his UEFA equivalent were punished by FIFA's ethics committee over a payment made by Blatter to Platini in 2011.

Both men are likely to take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In a statement, FIFA explained: "While agreeing with the principles and arguments presented by the adjudicatory chamber in its calculation of the sanction, the Appeal Committee determined that some strong mitigating factors for Mr Platini and Mr Blatter were not taken into account when establishing the sanction. In this sense, amongst others, the Appeal Committee considered that Mr Platini’s and Mr Blatter’s activities and the services they had rendered to FIFA, UEFA and football in general over the years should deserve appropriate recognition as a mitigating factor. Thus, after carefully analysing and taking into consideration the exceptional mitigating circumstances of the cases, it was determined that a one-year reduction of the five-year ban for a breach of art. 20 of the FCE was proper, and similarly a one-year reduction of the three-year ban for the other breaches was also proper."

News

Ireland's ex-rugby team doctor on reason why GAA is seeing 392% increase in hip surgeries

21:02 Tuesday 16 February 2016 0 Minute Read
News

Ex-Aston Villa boss Lambert reveals he tried to resign a year before he was sacked

21:01 Monday 15 February 2016 0 Minute Read
News

Sligo Rovers sign striker from West Ham development squad

17:52 Thursday 28 January 2016 0 Minute Read
News

As it happened: Scarlets v Connacht

17:00 Sunday 10 January 2016 0 Minute Read
Off The Ball

Newsletter

The very best bits of Off The Ball delivered every week