blatter to attend fifa election
GENEVA — Sepp Blatter expects to attend the world governing body's presidential election Feb. 26 even though his appeal against an eight-year ban is unlikely to be resolved by then.
The suspended president of the body, known as FIFA, "should be present at the congress," Blatter's spokesman, Thomas Renggli, said Friday. Blatter and his lawyers believe FIFA rules mean only a meeting of the 209 member federations that elect a president can formally remove one.
The FIFA ethics committee banned Blatter last month for a range of charges, including conflict of interest in approving $2 million of FIFA money for Michel Platini, an adviser and president of Europe's governing body, in 2011. Platini also was banned for eight years.
The case, which emerged in September, knocked Blatter out of an election race he was favored to win again. Blatter's ban appeal to a FIFA committee is scheduled for Feb. 16.
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