Blatter fights ban through Court of Arbitration for Sport

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his six-year ban from football-related activities, CAS has announced.

Blatter is fighting his six-year ban from football. Credit: PA

Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini last month had appeal hearings after being punished in December over a £1.3m "disloyal payment" made to the Frenchman.

The pair's suspensions were reduced from eight to six years, with their services to football a mitigating factor, but Platini took his case to CAS and Blatter has, as promised, followed suit.

A CAS statement 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 February 16, 2016. 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.

A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted.

The panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award.

– Court of Arbitration for Sport statement