Geneva (AFP) – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will appear in person at the Court of Arbitration for Sport for his August 25 appeal against his ban from football, his spokesman said Tuesday.
“Mr. Blatter will go in person with his lawyer Lorenz Erni,” Blatter spokesman Thomas Renggli told AFP.
FIFA’s ethics committee initially suspended Blatter along with his one-time heir apparent Michel Platini in December for eight years over ethics violations.
Those bans were cut to six years in February.
Following Platini’s appeal, the Lausanne-based CAS reduced Platini’s suspension to four years.
Both men were thrown out of football over a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) payment that Blatter authorised to Platini in 2011.
FIFA’s ethics judges deemed the payment “disloyal” to world football’s governing body.
Blatter and Platini are the top names in a long list of football power players who have been brought down in a scandal that erupted in May of last year.
Blatter has claimed innocence, insisting he cannot be held responsible for the corruption committed by others.
In June, FIFA released details of an internal audit which found that Blatter and two top deputies — Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner — enriched themselves with more than $80 million dollars in irregular bonuses and other benefits.
Blatter, who is the target of a criminal probe in Switzerland, was replaced as FIFA president by Gianni Infantino in February.
100+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $29.99/mo. for fubo Español Package
- Watch Premier League, LaLiga, Liga MX & MLS
- Includes NBC, NBCSN, ESPN, FS1, FS2, TUDN, beIN SPORTS and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
- Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
- Watch LaLiga, Primeira Liga and Copa Libertadores
- Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $5.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $12.99/mo.)
- Features Serie A, Bundesliga, FA Cup, EFL & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
- Starting price: $5.99/mo.
- Features Champions League, Europa League & NWSL
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more