LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared former 2018-2022 World Cup bids inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls to return to football duty.
CAS says its panel cut the Chilean official's three-year ban by FIFA to two years on appeal for a conflict of interest in seeking unpaid intern work in Qatar for relatives.
Mayne-Nicholls's ban has expired because it started on July 3, 2015.
The court overturned a charge of unethically accepting benefits, saying two years is the "appropriate and proportionate penalty."
In 2010, FIFA appointed Mayne-Nicholls, then president of Chile's soccer federation, to lead a six-member team evaluating the nine World Cup bid candidates. Qatar won the 2022 contest.
Mayne-Nicholls was a potential FIFA presidential election contender when his ethics case was opened in 2014.