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Fifa: Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter dismissed for fraud in Swiss justice

by archyde

The information had leaked in the press, it is now official: the Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office announces that Michel Platini, former president of UEFA, and Sepp Blatter, ex-president of Fifa, are brought before justice for fraud. It is now up to the Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona to validate this indictment and to decide on the holding of a trial against the two former leaders, also prosecuted for “unfair management”, “breach of trust” and “forgery. titles ”.

After six years of investigation, they are accused “of having illicitly arranged a payment of 2 million Swiss francs from Fifa”, or 1.8 million euros, “in favor of Michel Platini”, writes the prosecution in a statement.

A claim deemed “unfounded”

The triple Ballon d’Or indeed advised Sepp Blatter between 1998 and 2002, during his first mandate at Fifa, according to a contract signed in 1999 and agreeing on an annual remuneration of 300,000 Swiss francs, “invoiced by Mr. Platini and fully paid by Fifa ”. But in 2011, “more than eight years after the end of his advisory activity”, the former captain of the Blues “asserted a claim of 2 million Swiss francs”, paid by the football authority “with the competition ”by Sepp Blatter, and deemed“ unfounded ”by the prosecution.

The two men hammer home that they had orally decided on an annual salary of one million Swiss francs for this advisory work, without the finances of Fifa allowing at the time the payment to Michel Platini, and simply paid the balance late. Simple swindling is punishable by five years in prison “or a financial penalty” under Swiss law.

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