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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

FIFA appeals reduce Blatter, Michel Platini ban to six years

FIFA appeals committee on Wednesday upheld the bans handed out to outgoing president of the soccer governing body, Sepp Blatter and s UEFA boss Michel Platini.
Blatter, Michel Platini lose FIFA appeals
But the suspensions have been reduced from eight to six years, the BBC reports.

Both were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” to Platini.

They denied any wrongdoing and have said they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Blatter, 79, added in a statement that he was “very disappointed by the appeal committee of FIFA.”
Platini, 60, said it was “insulting and shameful” and a “political decision.”

The committee said “activities and services rendered to FIFA, UEFA and football” was a mitigating factor.

FIFA’s presidential election is due to take place on Friday to find Blatter’s replacement.

Blatter and Platini said the payment honoured a verbal or gentleman’s agreement made in 1998 for work carried out by the Frenchman when he was a technical advisor for Blatter.

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