CAS to hear Blatter appeal


CAS have confirmed that Blatter has lodged appeal against his six-year ban from all football related activity, with the hearing set for August 25.

The 80-year-old Swiss former football administrator was handed his suspension alongside former UEFA president Michel Platini in December last year, when the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee ruled that a payment of two million Swiss francs, between the pair, constituted multiple infringements of the football governing body's Code of Ethics.

The FIFA Appeals Committee upheld the Ethics Committee's findings, but reduced the initial eight-year suspensions to six in light of "strong mitigating factors" - due to Blatter and Platini's history of service in football administration.

CAS further reduced the former France national team captain's ban by a further two years, and also cut his fine from 80 000 to 60 000 Swiss francs, after his appeal was heard in May this year.

A statement released by CAS in March, regarding Blatter's appeal application, read: "Joseph S. Blatter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee on 16 February 2016 [the date of Blatter's initial appeal hearing].

"In his appeal to the CAS, Mr Blatter seeks the annulment of the decision taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee in which he was suspended from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years."

Once the hearing takes place next month, theĀ international quasi-judicial body will deliberate its findings and announce their ruling at a later date.