Former FIFA President, Sepp Blatter Faces Six-Year Ban From Football
Disgraced former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has lost his Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) appeal to reduce his six-year ban from all football activity.
Blatter took his decision to Cas after being banned by world football’s governing body for ethical breaches. He was found to have approved a $2m (£1.3m) “disloyal” payment to Michel Platini in 2011.
In their verdict, Cas explained the payment “breached the Fifa Code of Ethics since the payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis.”
In a statement, Blatter explained the decision was “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”.
Blatter said in a statement the judgement was “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”.
The former FIFA president, who was banned for approving a £1.3m payment to Michel Platini in 2011, said he will accept the decision.
Blatter could have appealed to Switzerland’s Supreme Court. It can annul verdicts if legal process was abused.
The pair’s suspensions had previously been reduced from eight to six years by a FIFA appeals committee, with their services to football a mitigating factor.
Platini took his case to CAS and Blatter followed suit. Platini in May had his suspension reduced by a further two years to four years, but Blatter’s full sanction remains in place.
Cas also explained Blatter had requested “the annulment of the ban but did not request a reduced penalty.” However, they concluded the “sanction imposed was not disproportionate.”
Blatter and Platini were banned from all football activity in December 2015 for eight years in a decision made by the adjudicatory chamber of the governing body’s ethics committee that centred upon a the payment made to Platini back in 2011 for his services as a technical advisor.
Those bans were later reduced to six years, before Platini’s was cut again to just two in May. Blatter and Platini have both protested their innocence throughout the scandal.
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