MONDAY – D DAY FOR SEPP BLATTER

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport [Cas] will announce its decision on former Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s appeal against his six-year ban from football on Monday afternoon.

The 80-year-old Swiss, who served as Fifa chief from 1998 to 2015, is currently waiting for the Cas verdict after contesting the ban imposed for a “disloyal payment” allegedly made to then Uefa president Michel Platini in 2011.

Both men were originally banned for eight years by the sport’s world governing body last December, but that was reduced to six years by a Fifa appeals panel in February, before Platini had his ban cut by a further two years by Cas in May.

A Cas statement confirmed: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport will issue its decision in the arbitration procedure between Joseph S Blatter and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) at 3.00pm (Swiss time) on Monday, December 5 2016.”

He was banned for allegedly signing a contract “unfavourable” to football’s governing body and making a “disloyal payment” to Uefa president Michel Platini, who has also been suspended for eight years.

The ethics committee launched its investigation after the Swiss attorney-general began its own investigation into the disloyal payment – and this is still ongoing.

Blatter is also being investigated by the ethics committee over allegations surrounding a 2005 TV rights deal between Fifa and Jack Warner, the former president of Concacaf, the governing body of football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.

His decision in June to resign early came as a surprise. Days before, he had been re-elected for an unprecedented fifth term and had insisted he was the man to lead reform at the organisation.

But the dramatic arrest of Fifa officials in their Zurich hotel rooms as they gathered for a congress on May 27, 2015, cast a dark cloud over his re-election.

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