Blatter FIFA appeal hearing on February 16

Published January 30th, 2016 - 08:43 GMT

Joseph Blatter's appeal against an eight-year football ban will be heard by FIFA's appeal committee on February 16, football's governing body confirmed Friday.

The hearing comes 10 days before FIFA holds an extraordinary congress in Zurich to elect a successor as president to Blatter.

On February 15, the appeals committee will hear an appeal by UEFA president Michel Platini against his eight-year ban.

Blatter and Platini were banned in a ruling by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee on December 21.

The adjudicatory chamber ruled there were ethics breaches concerning a "disloyal payment" of 2 million Swiss francs (about 2 million dollars) made to Platini in 2011.

Blatter, 79, who has presided over FIFA since 1998, wanted to lay down his mandate as FIFA president at the extraordinary congress.

Former France playing star Platini, 60, had originally hoped to succeed him, but withdrew his candidacy early this month following the ban.

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