Blatter Back At FIFA For Appeal Against 8-Year Ban

Suspended  UEFA President Michel Platini smiles as he  arrives at the FIFA Headquarters  in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Feb.  15, 2016. Michel Platini's appeal against his eight-year ban from all football-related activity will be heard by FIFA's appeals committee today.  (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

Sepp Blatter is back at FIFA headquarters for an appeal hearing to challenge his eight-year ban for approving a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011.

Blatter arrived early for his scheduled 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) start with the FIFA appeal committee to challenge ethics committee sanctions imposed in December.

Platini had an eight-hour hearing on Monday. He said it focused on a verbal agreement with Blatter to get uncontracted salary for working as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

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Platini’s long-time friend, tournament organizer Jacques Lambert, was at FIFA to give evidence for a second day.

Platini said verdicts could be given Thursday or Friday.

Blatter and Platini previously said they expected their appeals to fail, then would take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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