Blatter lodges appeal against football ban with sports court

FILE - In this July 20, 2015 file photo FIFA president Sepp Blatter is photographed while banknotes thrown by British comedian Simon Brodkin hurtle through the air during a press conference following the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee at the headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA is preparing to reveal former president Blatter's salary and pay package for the first time, in its 2015 financial report which is being published Thursday March 17, 2916. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, file)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport says former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has filed an appeal to annul his six-year ban from soccer.

Blatter was banned last year after being found guilty of unethical conduct relating to a 2 million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment by FIFA in 2011 to UEFA President Michel Platini.

An eight-year ban was imposed by FIFA's ethics judge in December, but FIFA's appeal committee reduced it to six years last month.

Platini is also serving a six-year ban and lodged his appeal to CAS last month. CAS is hoping to deliver its verdict in May, a month before the European Championship in France, Platini's home country.