Sepp Blatter takes FIFA ban appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken his appeal against his six-year ban from football-related activity to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an effort to have the sanction revoked.

Blatter, along with UEFA president Michel Platini, held initial appeal hearings last month after being punished in December over a £1.3million "disloyal payment" made to the Frenchman.

The suspensions were each reduced from eight to six years, with their services to football a mitigating factor, but Platini took his case to CAS and Blatter has -- as promised -- followed suit.

On Thursday, FIFA finally revealed Blatter's pay deal, which was $3.76 million in 2015 as football's embattled governing body reported a loss of $122m for a year marred by scandal.

"Joseph S Blatter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee on February 16, 2016," a CAS statement read.

"In his appeal to the CAS, Mr Blatter seeks the annulment of the decision taken by the FIFA appeal committee in which he was suspended from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years.

"A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted.

"The panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award."

Switzerland's attorney general has opened a criminal case against former FIFA official Jerome Valcke "on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement."