Sepp Blatter loses appeal against ban

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday lost his appeal against a six-year ban for ethics violations.

Blatter who led FIFA for 17 years lost his appeal when he appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday.

He was indicted in the United States on graft charges alongside former president of the European soccer body UEFA, Michel Platini.

Both men were banned over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($1.98 million) that FIFA made to Platini in 2011, with Blatter’s approval, for work done a decade earlier.

CAS said in a statement that its panel had determined that Blatter “breached the FIFA code of ethics since the payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis”.

“The Panel further found that Mr Blatter unlawfully awarded contributions to Mr Platini under the FIFA Executive Committee retirement scheme which also amounted to an undue gift.”

Blatter and Platini have denied wrongdoing.

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