Wednesday 26 October 2016

Sepp Blatter 'sad' ahead of verdict on ban appeal

Published 18/02/2016 | 19:37

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted he is "sad" about his current situation.

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The 79-year-old is expected to discover this week whether his eight-year suspension from all football-related activity will stand. In an interview with French radio station RMC he said: "I'm sad for my departure from the presidency of FIFA.

"What we have done for 41 years is develop football around the world. Just take a look at the Champions League matches to see the quality of the game.

"But there are situations we cannot cope with - when one has no friends, when one is alone... "

Blatter was handed the ban in December after being found guilty of a £1.3 million ''disloyal payment'' to UEFA president Michel Platini, who was also banned for his role in the payment.

The Swiss made a low-profile appearance at an appeal hearing in Zurich on Tuesday. If it fails, he is expected to take his fight to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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