FIFA hears Blatter’s appeal against eight-year ban


Banned FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, was at the headquarters of football governing body on Tuesday for a hearing to appeal against his eight-year suspension from the sport.
Blatter, 79, was banned in December along with European football body boss, Michel Platini, over a payment of two million Swiss francs (about $2 million) made to the Frenchman.
The payment was done in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter’s approval for work done a decade earlier.
FIFA’s ethics committee said the payment, made at a time when the former was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest.
Both men however denied any wrongdoing, even as the committee imposed the bans on Blatter and Platini.
The case is now being heard by FIFA’s Appeal Committee.
Sources close to FIFA said Blatter had arrived at 7.30am local time, evading cameramen and photographers who had expected him to arrive later.

Blatter’s adviser, Thomas Renggli, told media he expected to get the verdict later this week.
The football world ruling body is engulfed by a graft scandal, which has led to the indictment of several dozen leading football officials in the US.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Platini’s appeal was heard on Monday.


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