Sepp Blatter files appeal to overturn six-year soccer ban

Thursday March 17th, 2016

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has filed an appeal to nullify his six-year ban from soccer, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Thursday.

Blatter resigned from his role as FIFA president last June amid a widespread corruption scandal, though he was not one of numerous executives arrested by the U.S. Department of Justice. Blatter was initially banned eight years last December over a $2 million payment FIFA made to then-UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011.

The ban was reduced to six years in February.

Blatter wanted a recognition, tribute at FIFA election

Blatter, 80, served as FIFA’s president from June 1998 until February of this year. Late last month, FIFA elected Gianni Infantino as its new president.

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