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Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter considering legal action

Sepp Blatter is serving a six-year ban from football.

Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president who is serving a ban from football, has told Reuters he is considering legal action against the governing body.

Blatter, banned for six years by FIFA's ethics committee, said he and his lawyers were working on a potential case. However, no legal action has so far been launched.

Reuters said FIFA had not responded to a request for comment.

In an email to the news agency, 81-year-old Blatter wrote: "My aim is to look into the decision of FIFA's Ethic-Committee in view of informations, and even evidences that I have received, in the meantime, in connection with my suspension.

"We are working on this case -- and looking forward for development."

Reuters said it was "likely that any legal action from Blatter would take place in the Swiss civil courts."

Blatter's 17-year reign as head of FIFA came to an end when he resigned amid a major corruption investigation in 2015.

The following year, the Swiss saw an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the suspension fail when it ruled he had authorised payments to then UEFA president Michel Platini that were violated the FIFA ethics code.

Blatter, who has denied all charges against him, has said he intends to attend the World Cup after being invited by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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