LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has won his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to be allowed to work again in soccer.
The court says it reduced the South Korean official’s five-year sanction for ”improper lobbying” during the 2022 World Cup bidding process, and not fully cooperating in a subsequent investigation of all candidates, to 15 months.
CAS says Chung’s ban effectively expired last month.
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The court says any violations were committed to ”a far lesser degree” than FIFA’s ethics committee had judged.
Chung hoped to be a FIFA presidential candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter when an investigation of him was announced in 2015.
Chung is a member of the family which owns World Cup sponsor Hyundai. His cousin, Chung Mong-gyu, has since been elected to the FIFA Council.