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FIFA hears Blatter appeal against eight-year ban

Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter was at the headquarters of soccer's governing body on Tuesday for a hearing to appeal against his eight-year suspension from the sport.
Blatter, 79, was banned in December along with European soccer boss Michel Platini over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter's approval for work done a decade earlier.
FIFA's ethics committee, which imposed the bans on Blatter and Platini, said the payment, made at a time when the former was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest. Both men denied wrongdoing.
The case is now being heard by FIFA's Appeal Committee.
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