Blatter looks forward to favourable verdict

The outgoing Fifa head appeared before the ethics committee at the organisation's headquarters.

FILE: Sepp Blatter. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he's looking forward to a favourable verdict in his case of misconduct that sees him currently suspended from all football-related activities for 90 days.

Blatter appeared before Fifa's ethics committee at the organisation's headquarters in Zurich yesterday.

He defended himself against claims that he made an unauthorised payment of two million Swiss francs to Uefa president Michel Platini for advisory services.

Blatter is confident that the evidence which he presented to Fifa's ethics committee will exonerate him of any wrong doing and prove that the payment to Platini was above board.

Blatter's hearing lasted eight hours and he appeared before the committee's adjudicatory chamber with his lawyer, who presented evidence which they believe will clear the 79-year-old of allegations of misconduct.

Blatter was provisionally suspended by the committee in October, along with Platini, and is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Swiss authorities.

Platini's hearing is scheduled for today, with verdicts expected on Monday, but according to his lawyers, the Frenchman will not attend his hearing in protest against his suspension from the world football organisation.