Blatter, Platini bans reduced from eight years to six on appeal: FIFA

Zurich (AFP) –


A FIFA appeals committee has reduced the bans against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from eight to six years, but agreed with a previous ruling that both had committed ethics violations.

"The FIFA Appeal Committee...has partially confirmed the decisions taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee," regarding Blatter, FIFA's fallen president, and Platini, the head of European football, a FIFA statement said.

"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," it added, reducing the bans from eight years to six.