Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said that he hoped he had given “important information” to the Court of Arbitration of Sport on Friday (29 April) after appearing as a witness for FIFA in suspended UEFA president Michel Platini’s appeal against his six-year ban from football.
Platini, who arrived in a taxi for the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), is hoping that the ban will be overturned in time for the Euro 2016 tournament, which will be held in his native France in June and July.
Platini was banned for eight years in December along with Blatter over a payment of US $2.08 million made to the Frenchman by FIFA with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.
FIFA’s ethics committee, which imposed the ban, said the payment, made at a time when Blatter was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest.
Both men denied wrongdoing and had their bans reduced to six years by FIFA’s Appeal Committee in February.
“I am leaving this meeting with a quiet consciousness that, I hope, I could give important information in this case which is also of great interest to me,” Blatter said to reporters as he left the hearing.
“It is not about the question of knowing if someone is innocent or not, and I can’t tell you the questions that have been asked, I am only telling you that as a witness I have given my answers with my soul and my consciousness.”