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Blatter ready to learn CAS appeal verdict

Press Association logoPress Association 5/12/2016

Sepp Blatter will learn on Monday afternoon (early Tuesday AEST) if the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced his six-year ban from football.

CAS announced on Friday it was ready to reveal its decision on the former FIFA president.

The 80-year-old Swiss, who served as FIFA chief from 1998-2015, contested the ban imposed for an alleged disloyal payment made in 2011 to then UEFA president Michel Platini.

Both men last December were originally banned for eight years by the sport's world governing body, but that was reduced in February to six years by a FIFA appeals panel, before Platini had his ban cut by a further two years in May by CAS.

The result of Blatter's appeal will be made public on Monday at 1500 (local time).

Blatter and Platini had both protested their innocence throughout, claiming the payment was made for consultancy work the Frenchman carried out for Blatter from 1998-2002, and they had a gentleman's agreement on when the balance was to be settled.

Blatter was elected in May 2015 for a fifth term as FIFA president despite a corruption scandal engulfing the governing body but agreed to stand down a few days later.

Following the decision of FIFA's ethics committee to impose a ban, Blatter described himself as "a punching ball".

He appealed in March to CAS, with the announcement reading: "Joseph S Blatter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the FIFA appeal committee on February 16, 2016.

"In his appeal to the CAS, 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".

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