Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban from football, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said.
The 80-year-old was banned for making a £1.35m payment to UEFA President Michel Platini in 2011. Platini’s ban was reduced from six years to four after a successful appeal. Both Blatter and Platini denied any wrongdoing.
However, Blatter said he accepted CAS’ decision.
“The way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected,” said Blatter. “I have to accept this decision. I have experienced much in my 41 years in FIFA. I mostly learned that you can win in sport, but you can also lose.
“Nevertheless I look back with gratitude to all the years, in which I was able to realise my ideals for football and serve FIFA.”
Blatter served in FIFA for 17 years and resigned last year following the indictment of several dozen football officials, including FIFA executive committee members and former members, on corruption charges in the US.