Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Christophe Ena

Court upholds Blatter's six-year ban

FOOTBALL: Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he will not fight the decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold his six-year ban from the game.

Blatter, 80, was suspended for eight years last December by world football's governing body but the ban was reduced to six years.

He was suspended over ethics breaches during his 17-year reign at FIFA and was also found to have made a "disloyal payment” of more than $2 million to ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini. Both deny wrongdoing.

Upholding the six-year ban, CAS described that payment as "an undue gift” with "no contractual basis”.

Blatter said "no other verdict could be expected”.

He added: "I have to accept this decision. I have experienced much in my 41 years in FIFA. I mostly learned that you can win in sport, but you can also lose.”

In its written verdict, CAS said Blatter "requested the annulment of the ban but did not request a reduced penalty”.

It added: "In any event, the panel determined that the sanction imposed was not disproportionate.”



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