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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter attends CAS hearing

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter attends CAS hearing

<p>Former <span class="caps">FIFA</span> president Sepp Blatter appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from football.</p> <p>The ban was imposed for ethics violations related to a 1.8 million euro payment that <span class="caps">FIFA</span> made to former <span class="caps">UEFA</span> president Michel Platini with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier. </p> <p>Both men, who have denied wrongdoing, were initially banned for eight years, later reduced to six by <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’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.</p> <p>Several dozen football officials, including former <span class="caps">FIFA</span> executive committee members, and entities were indicted in the United States on corruption-related charges last year.</p> <p>Switzerland, for its part, opened a criminal investigation into the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sepp Blatter is back in court in a final bid for redemption as he seeks to overturn a six-year ban from football <a href="https://t.co/6P6rLI2FsZ">https://t.co/6P6rLI2FsZ</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/768641560795754496">August 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>