Sepp Blatter appeals against eight-year ban

Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter has appealed against his eight-year ban from football, his legal team have confirmed.

The official was issued a ban along with Uefa counterpart Michel Platini by Fifa’s Independent Ethics Committee as a result of an alleged “disloyal payment” in 2011.

Fifa cleared both men of corruption charges but stated that Blatter could not demonstrate “a legal basis for this payment”, prompting the decision to suspend the duo.

Blatter branded the ban as “unjust”, and has since confirmed he will appeal the decision.

“President Blatter will appeal the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber to the Appeal Committee,” a statement released on his behalf on Tuesday confirmed.

“While the decision announced yesterday confirmed that there was no corruption or bribery, president Blatter is eager to present his arguments to the Appeal Committee that the remaining charges must also fail because the evidence clearly demonstrates the relationship with Mr. Platini was in all respects appropriate.

“President Blatter is prepared to take all legal steps to prevail on the remaining charges and clear his name.”

Blatter had described the payment made to Platini as “a gentleman’s agreement”, insisting it was nothing untoward despite the lack of written documentation to support it.

The latter has himself moved to clear his own name, stating he will be approaching the Court of Arbitration to seek a resolution.