Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban. The 80-year-old Swiss had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Blatter was banned over ethics breaches as his 17 years as head of football’s governing body ended in a corruption scandal in 2015. He was found to have made a £1.3m “disloyal payment” to ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini. Both deny wrongdoing. Blatter said in a statement: “I take note of the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected.”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport described the payment from Sepp Blatter to Michel Platini as “an undue gift” with “no contractual basis”. The pair were initially banned from football for eight years, reduced to six by FIFA’s appeals committee. CAS cut Platini’s ban to four years in May. He and Blatter, FIFA boss from 1998 to 2015, said the payment in 2011 was made for consultancy work the Frenchman had carried out for Blatter between 1998 and 2002, and that they had a “gentleman’s agreement” on when the balance was to be settled. The matter is also being looked into by Swiss prosecutors.