FIFA cuts ban for 2018-2022 World Cup bid inspector

The FIFA appeal committee has cut four years from a ban imposed on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid inspector who sought unpaid work in Qatar for family members.

FIFA says the original seven-year ban imposed on Harold Mayne-Nicholls last year by its ethics committee was "not proportionate."

The former Chile federation president can return to soccer in July 2018.

Mayne-Nicholls was a potential FIFA presidential election contender when his case was opened. He was sanctioned for requesting gifts and conflicts of interest.

While inspecting Qatar's hosting bid in 2010, he approached the Aspire training center in Doha about unpaid work and intern positions for a son, nephew and brother-in-law.

Mayne-Nicholls later flagged Qatar as the riskiest option to FIFA of five 2022 World Cup candidates. Qatar won anyway.