Monday 19 March 2018

Sepp Blatter 'sad' ahead of verdict on ban appeal

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter
Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter

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

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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