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Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter goes before tribunal to appeal football ban

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By Euronews
Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter goes before tribunal to appeal football ban

<p>Disgraced former <span class="caps">FIFA</span> president Sepp Blatter is going before sport’s highest tribunal, to appeal against his six-year ban from football. </p> <p>The 80-year-old, who resigned in June last year, has been barred along with former European soccer boss Michel Platini, over a payment paid to Platini. </p> <p>“I am going to defend the situation, and I’m sure at the end, or perhaps I can’t say (for) sure, that the panel will understand that the payment made to (former <span class="caps">UEFA</span> head Michel) Platini was really a debt that we had against him, and this is a principle, if you have debts you pay them,” Blatter told reporters.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Quite the quote from Sepp Blatter – <a href="https://t.co/3plZEgeBVt">https://t.co/3plZEgeBVt</a> <a href="https://t.co/IVwpqrhmOh">pic.twitter.com/IVwpqrhmOh</a></p>— Richard James (@richjamesuk) <a href="https://twitter.com/richjamesuk/status/768738368998019072">25 August 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Both men, who have denied wrongdoing, were barred for ethics violations over the two million Swiss franc payment – which <span class="caps">FIFA</span> made to Platini with Blatter’s approval in 2011.</p> <p>They were initially banned for eight years. That was later reduced to six by <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’s own appeals committee. </p> <p>Platini’s already taken his case to the tribunal. His appeal was rejected, but his ban was cut further, to four years.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">DTN</span> Singapore: Football: Blatter mounts final <span class="caps">FIFA</span> ban appeal: Sepp Blatter will mount his final challenge ag… <a href="https://t.co/bYodsjKNlf">https://t.co/bYodsjKNlf</a></p>— <span class="caps">DTN</span> Singapore (@DTNSingapore) <a href="https://twitter.com/DTNSingapore/status/768733923895414785">25 August 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>