Former FIFA duo have suspensions reduced


Disgraced former officials Jerome Valcke and Chung Mong-joon have had their suspensions reduced by FIFA's Appeals Committee.

Football's world governing body announced it had "partially confirmed" the decisions taken by the independent Ethics Committee to ban Valcke and Chung for 12 and six years respectively.

Valcke, who held the position of secretary general, was found guilty of a series of breaches of FIFA's code of ethics, including having conflicts of interest and accepting gifts and other benefits.

Following a hearing in Zurich on June 24, the 55-year-old's ban - which began on February 10 - has been lowered to 10 years.

"The FIFA Appeal Committee considered that mitigating factors had not been fully assessed by the adjudicatory chamber with regard to Mr Valcke's attempt to grant TV and media rights in the Caribbean for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups to a third party for a fee far below their actual market value," FIFA said.

"Therefore, the ban imposed by the adjudicatory chamber on Mr Valcke, which entered into force on 10 February 2016, has been reduced from twelve to ten years and the fine of CHF 100,000 has been confirmed."

As for Chung, the statement added the available evidence "was not sufficient to establish a breach of article 16 (confidentiality)" of the code of ethics.

The former vice-president - who had not requested a hearing - had his suspension, which came into force in October last year, cut from six years to five. His initial fine of CHF 100,000 (£79,000) was also halved.