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Blatter has faith in CAS to clear his name

dpa logodpa 24/08/2016

Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter is hoping the independence of the Court of Arbitration for Sport will help overturn his ban from football administration.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter heads to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday and hopes the independence of the body will help overturn his ban from football administration.

Blatter was banned for eight years last year by the FIFA Ethics Committee over a 2 million Swiss francs payment ($A2.72 million) to former European football chief Michel Platini, which was made nine years after consultancy work was carried out.

The FIFA Appeals Committee later reduced the suspension to six years.

"The CAS judges will not decide on my behalf - but on behalf of justice. I've done nothing wrong," Blatter told dpa by email.

"I am a positive person and I go there with confidence in the highest sports court, which was established by sports federations as an independent body."

But his hopes of clearing his name are slim. Platini was also banned by FIFA because of the payment affair but his appearance at CAS only led to the suspension being cut to four years.

Even if the 80-year-old Blatter was to win his case outright, FIFA has a new president in Gianni Infantino and it is impossible to see how the Swiss could return.

"CAS is an independent body, which will reassess everything," Blatter said.

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