Football: CAS upholds 6-year ban for ex-Fifa head Blatter, who blasts move as 'incomprehensible'

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban from football.
Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban from football. PHOTO: AFP

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (REUTERS, AFP) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday maintained a six-year ban from football for former Fifa president Sepp Blatter amid corruption allegations, his spokesman said.

The 80-year-old Swiss, who headed the sport's global governing body for 17 years until last year, was banned from all soccer-related activity last December along with then European football boss Michel Platini.

Blatter, who was ousted over a suspicious payment to the French former Uefa leader, called the verdict "incomprehensible" in a statement released even before the tribunal had officially given its decision.