International

Blatter vows to 'accept' appeal verdict

2016-08-25 09:01
Sepp Blatter (AFP)

Lausanne - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter vowed to accept his fate as he entered the world's top sport court on Thursday to mount his final appeal against his six-year ban from football.

"I will accept the verdict," Blatter, 80, told journalists outside the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"I do hope it will be positive for me, but we are footballers. We learn to win but also we learn to lose," he added, flanked by his Swiss lawyer Lorenz Erni.

The case that triggered Blatter's downfall first emerged in September of last year, when Swiss prosecutors said they were investigating Blatter over a suspect $2 million he authorised in 2011 to his one-time heir apparent, Michel Platini.

He was first provisionally suspended by FIFA's ethics committee.

A full investigation and trial by FIFA's in-house court found Blatter and Platini both guilty of ethics violations.

They were banned from football for eight years in December.

A FIFA appeals committee cut those penalties to six years in February.

Blatter's hopes for redemption at CAS are likely hampered by Platini's failed appeal at the Lausanne-based court.

In a May ruling CAS judges said they were "not convinced" that the $2 million payment was legitimate.

Read more on:    fifa  |  sepp blatter  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.