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Blatter appeal of 6-year ban set for 25 August

Sepp Blatter was kicked out of Fifa for authorising an illegal payment to former Uefa boss Michel Platini.

FILE: Sepp Blatter. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The court of arbitration for sport will hear disgraced former Fifa president Sepp Blatter's appeal against his six-year ban from football next month.

Blatter is desperately trying to clear his name after he was kicked out of Fifa for authorising an illegal payment of two million swiss francs to former Uefa boss Michel Platini.

The 79-year-old is hoping for an immediate return to world football when his appeal against his Fifa ban is heard by the court of arbitration for sport on 25 August.

He first appealed an eight-year ban in December and was unsuccessful, but a second appeal to the governing body saw his punishment reduced to six years and has since been upheld.

Blatter was kicked out of the organisation after the adjudicatory chamber found that he had illegally authorised a payment of two million swiss francs to Platini in 2011 for so-called services rendered.

Platini was also banned for eight years, forcing him to step down from his position as head of European football.