An appeal committee maintained Blatter and Platini’s guilt. AFP
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A FIFA appeal committee Wednesday reduced bans against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to six years but maintained they were still guilty of ethics breaches. The appeal result was announced as UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and Asian football leader Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa stepped up their rivalry to take over as head of football's scandal-tainted world body in a vote Friday.The bans against Blatter, FIFA president for 17 years, and UEFA president Platini were reduced from eight years to six by the appeal committee. Blatter and Platini again overshadowed FIFA's new attempt to turn the page on its scandal-plagued recent past with Friday's election.Police raided a FIFA congress last May just before Blatter was elected to a fifth term. Infantino has vowed to more than double aid to FIFA's 209 members to $5 million each over four years from about $2 million now.Both are suspended from FIFA over government interference in sport.
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