LAUSANNE: Sepp Blatter will learn on Monday whether he has been successful in overturning hissix-year ban from all football activities.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed that its decision on the appeal by the former president of the world federation president will be published then.
Blatter, 80, was banished just before Christmas last year by the world federation’s ethics committee for misconduct over the sale of World Cup television rights and a 2m Swiss francs payment to the then UEFA president Michel Platini.
The initial eight-year ban was reduced in February to six years by the FIFA appeal committee. However it maintained the finding of culpability. Blatter then appealed to CAS which staged 14-h0ur hearing in August at which Platini gave evidence.
Platini also appealed simultaneously to the CAS and had his own six-year ban trimmed to four years. He was then forced to relinquish his presidency of the European federation.
Blatter was re-elected as president of FIFA in May of last year but four days later he announced his intention to step down under the weight of scandal. He was succeeded by Gianni Infantino at an extraordinary elective congress in February this year.
All along Blatter has insisted his innocence of all wrongdoing though he remains under criminal investigation by the Swiss authorities over the Platini payment and associated issues.
He also faces another FIFA ethics investigation over alleged bribery and self-dealing in his contract, plus the employment deals of his sacked ex-secretary-general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner.
Ethics investigators said in September the latest case involved an alleged “coordinated effort by three former top officials of FIFA to enrich themselves.”
Blatter received a 12m Swiss franc ($12m) bonus after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and would have been due another 12m Swiss francs for completing his 2015-19 presidential term, the contracts revealed.