This file photo taken on July 20, 2015 shows outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter gesturing during a press conference at the football's world body headquarter's on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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Longtime FIFA President Sepp Blatter is disappointed the global soccer body's appeal committee upheld his ban from the sport, he told a Swiss newspaper in an interview published Friday.The pair were banned over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) made to Platini in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter's approval for work done a decade earlier.The comments from Blatter, head of soccer's scandal-plagued governing body since 1998, come the same day that Zurich-based FIFA will elect his permanent successor.Blatter, who is the subject of a criminal investigation in his native Switzerland over the Platini payment, said he had not received an offer to be a whistleblower in the United States.
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