FIFA : Blatter and Platini bans cut to six years
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have had their bans from all football-related activity reduced from eight years to six years by a Fifa appeal committee, which cited the pair’s services to football in explaining its decision.
Blatter, the former Fifa president, and Platini, the former Uefa president, appealed after being found guilty in December of a series of breaches including a conflict of interest and dereliction of duty over a 2m Swiss francs (£1.35m) “disloyal payment” from Blatter to Platini in 2011.
The appeal committee rejected those appeals, and that of Fifa’s investigatory chamber that the pair be given life bans. In a statement Fifa said: “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.”
Blatter and Platini deny wrongdoing. Blatter said in response that he would take his case to the court of arbitration for sport and Platini is expected to follow suit.
Blatter said: “I’m deeply disappointed by the Fifa appeal chamber and the next step is going further to CAS in Lausanne.
Source : Guardian UK