Sepp Blatter back at FIFA for appeal against 8-year ban

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ZURICH (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.

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Blatter arrived early for his scheduled 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) 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.

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