Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from football.
The ban was imposed for ethics violations related to a 1.8 million euro payment that FIFA made to former UEFA president Michel Platini with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.
Both men, who have denied wrongdoing, were initially banned for eight years, later reduced to six by FIFA’s own appeals committee. Platini has already taken his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which rejected his appeal but reduced his ban to four years.
Several dozen football officials, including former FIFA executive committee members, and entities were indicted in the United States on corruption-related charges last year.
Switzerland, for its part, opened a criminal investigation into the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.