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Sepp Blatter Loses Six-Year Ban Appeal at CAS

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter loses six-year ban appeal at CAS

Zurich, Switzerland – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s six-year ban from soccer has been upheld after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the court announced.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the arbitration procedure between Joseph S. Blatter and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The appeal of Joseph S. Blatter has been dismissed. As a consequence, the decision rendered by the FIFA Appeal Committee (FIFA AC) on 16 February 2016 remains in force and Mr Blatter remains banned from taking part in any football-related activity at national and international level for six years as from 8 October 2015 and must pay a fine of CHF 50,000.”

The 80-year-old, who served as the president of world football’s governing body from 1998 to 2015, had been waiting for the CAS verdict since announcing that he would contest the ban.

His punishment had been imposed for a “disloyal payment” allegedly made to Michel Platini, then the UEFA president, in 2011.

Both men were originally banned for eight years by FIFA in December 2015, but that was reduced to six years by an appeals panel in February of this year.

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