The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed former FIFA president Sepp Blatter's appeal against a six-year ban from football on Monday.
Blatter, 80, who served as the president of world football's governing body from 1998 to 2015, had been waiting for the CAS verdict since announcing that he would contest the ban.
His punishment had been imposed for a "disloyal payment" of 2 million Swiss francs ($1.98m) allegedly made to Michel Platini, then the UEFA president, in 2011.
In a statement announcing the ruling, CAS also said that Blatter would be fined 50,000 Swiss francs for making the payment which "amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis."
In May, CAS cut Platini's ban by a further two years.
Blatter was succeeded as FIFA president earlier this year by former UEFA general secretary and fellow Swiss national Gianni Infantino.
Infantino, 46, won February's election in the second round of voting with Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, president of the Asian Football Confederation, his closest rival.