FIFA Panel Cuts Blatter, Platini Bans by Two Years on Appeal

  • Decision made on eve of FIFA Congress to elect new president
  • FIFA panel recognizes officials' service to soccer bodies

Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter.

Photographer: Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images

Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the suspended president of soccer’s governing body, lost his final chance to play a role in this week’s selection of his replacement at FIFA. The organization upheld bans on Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini but cut their duration to six years from eight.

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