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Former Thai football boss’ ban reduced

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Former Football Association of Thailand (FAT) President Worawi Makudi. Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) – Former Thai football chief Worawi Makudi saw his ban from the sport slightly reduced to three and half years from five yesterday after a ruling by FIFA’s appeal committee.

Worawi had received the original ban from FIFA’s ethics committee in October 2016. That was after he had been handed a suspended 16-month prison sentence by the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court for altering documents ahead of the Thailand football association’s presidential election in 2013.

Last year he was declared not guilty of forgery and falsification by an appeals court in Thailand, however FIFA still maintain there were infringements.

“The committee has partially confirmed the decision taken… on 10 October 2016, reducing the ban from all football-related activities… imposed on Mr Makudi from five years to three years and six months, and confirming the fine of $9,988,” it said in a statement.

“While reducing the sanction imposed by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, the Appeal Committee agreed with the principles and arguments presented by the adjudicatory chamber.”

The ban came into force in October, 2016.

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