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Blatter says he will accept verdict as CAS appeal begins

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived for a marathon appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football on Thursday, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

"I do hope it will be positive for me," Blatter, sporting a light gray beard, told reporters at around 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) ahead of a closed-door hearing expected to last several hours. He left almost 15 hours later.

"It was a long day because the cross examination of the witnesses we have brought," the 80-year-old Blatter said as he left the court. "It was specially a long day for me because I was the central person."

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