Blatter and Platini football bans reduced but both lose FIFA appeals

FIFA appeals committee make a ruling

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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."