Defiant Blatter vows to fight eight-year ban from FIFA

London, Dec.21 (ANI): Reacting to his eight-year ban from football-related activities, FIFA’s embattled president Sepp Blatter has said he was not guilty of making any disloyal payment to UEFA counterpart Michel Platini and added that he would take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Speaking on his contract with Platini, Blatter said that he made an oral agreement with the UEFA president and it was not his fault that the ethics committee had denied the existence of any such contract.

The 79-year-old said the committee had no right to go against him and added that he could only be removed by the government.

According to the Guardian, Blatter stressed that he was not ashamed of what he did, insisting that he still remains president of FIFA.

Besides Blatini, Platter was also handed an identical ban.

The duo were serving a 90-day provisional ban handed by the FIFA’s ethics committee over claims that the latter had received a ‘ disloyal payment ‘ of 1.35 million pounds from the outgoing president in 2011.

In addition to the lengthy bans, Blatter and Platini have been fined 50,000 and 80,000 Swiss francs respectively.

With the ban, Platini’s hopes of succeeding Blatter as the president of the world football governing body in the upcoming election have been derailed. (ANI)

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