Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter smiles during the presentation of the book "Sepp Blatter - Mission & Passion Football" by author Thomas Renggli in Zurich, Switzerland April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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Michel Platini expects Sepp Blatter to attend as a witness in his appeal against a six-year FIFA ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport Friday.Platini's office said Tuesday that Blatter has been called by FIFA as a witness for the hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland.Platini, the UEFA president, was suspended by FIFA's ethics committee for receiving a two million Swiss francs ($2 million) payment in 2011 from Blatter, who was then the FIFA president.FIFA paid the $2 million to Platini three months before Blatter was re-elected as president.Platini and UEFA want a faster verdict than Blatter, to clarify their position before the European Championship.Blatter was replaced in the FIFA presidential election two months ago by Gianni Infantino, Platini's long-time right-hand man at UEFA.
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