Blatter challenges six-year Fifa ban

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter was Fifa president for 17 years

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has taken his appeal against a six-year ban from football to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

Blatter, 80, was barred by world football’s governing body after being found guilty of ethics breaches over a $2m (£1.3m) “disloyal payment” to former Uefa head Michel Platini.

Platini, who was also banned, launched his own appeal bid with Cas last month.

Cas confirmed Blatter’s action in a short statement on Thursday.

“Mr Blatter seeks the annulment of the decision taken by the Fifa Appeal Committee in which he was suspended from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years,” it said.

Blatter and Platini, who both deny wrongdoing, indicated they would take their cases to Cas after losing their appeals with Fifa last month – although they did succeed in having their initial eight-year suspensions reduced to six years.

They claim the payment, made in 2011, related to a gentleman’s agreement made in 1998 for work carried out by the Frenchman when he was a technical advisor for Blatter.

Blatter was Fifa president from 1998 until being forced to stand down over the issue last year. He has since been replaced by Platini’s number two at Uefa, Gianni Infantino.

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