Just two days before their special election to pick a new president amid corruption charges, FIFA has gone and made even more poor choices. They've reduced the suspensions of former president Sepp Blatter and former UEFA president Michel Platini from eight years to six years.
FIFA's appeals committee ruled that both Platini and Blatter were in fact guilty of ethics breaches for illegal payments made to the latter. However, instead of upholding the original eight year ban, the committee decided to chop off two years for some unbeknownst reason.
FIFA on Platini & Blatter bans reduced: Services to football "over the years should deserve appropriate recognition as a mitigating factor"— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) February 24, 2016
The committee believed that the history of both men have with FIFA allowed them some sort of lenience. The same history that has the FBI investigating them for wide spread corrution.
Both Blatter and Platini were banned for eight years when Blatter sent an unauthorized payment of around $2 Million to Platini. This is just the first instance of the two men being caught. There's no telling how big of a role both played in the corruption that has rocked the world's governing body to its core. This reduction in suspension is just one more case of FIFA not taking their reform efforts seriously.