Zurich: Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter was at the headquarters of soccer`s governing body on Tuesday for a hearing to appeal against his eight-year suspension from the sport.
Blatter, 79, was banned in December along with European soccer boss Michel Platini over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter`s approval for work done a decade earlier.
FIFA`s ethics committee, which imposed the bans on Blatter and Platini, said the payment, made at a time when the former was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest. Both men denied wrongdoing.
The case is now being heard by FIFA`s Appeal Committee.
Sources close to FIFA said that Blatter had arrived 7.30 am local time, evading cameramen and photographers who had expected him to arrive later.
Blatter`s adviser Thomas Renggli told Reuters he expected to get the verdict later this week.
Soccer`s world ruling body is engulfed by a graft scandal that has led to the indictment of several dozen leading soccer officials in the United States. Platini`s appeal was heard on Monday.