ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 21: FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter attends a press conference as reaction to his banishment for eight years from all football-related activities by the FIFA ethics committee at FIFA's former headquarters at Sonnenberg in Zurich on December 21, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have had their bans reduced by FIFA, but their appeals to have the bans overturned have been dismissed.

In December, the pair were banned by FIFA for eight years after a payment of $1.5 million authorised by Blatter to Platini was ruled to have breached multiple infringements of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Both men appealed the bans, continuing  to protest their innocence, but the FIFA appeal committee upheld their bans, however, did reduce the length of the bans from eight years to six.

"While agreeing with the principles and arguments presented by the adjudicatory chamber in its calculation of the sanction, the Appeal Committee determined that some strong mitigating factors for Mr Platini and Mr Blatter were not taken into account when establishing the sanction.

"In this sense, amongst others, the Appeal Committee considered that Mr Platini's and Mr Blatter's activities and the services they had rendered to FIFA, UEFA and football in general over the years should deserve appropriate recognition as a mitigating factor."

Their fines of 110,000 (Platini) and $70,000 (Blatter) Swiss Francs remain.