Ex-FIFA Officials Blatter and Platini Face Corruption Trial

The Federal Criminal Court in Switzerland said that former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini would be tried for fraud and other offenses in June after more than six years of criminal proceedings.

Authorities accused Blatter, who served as FIFA President from 1998 to 2015, of authorizing FIFA to pay Platini two million Swiss francs (€1.98 million) in 2011.

Platini had made a written request to FIFA to be paid a backdated additional salary for working as a presidential adviser in Blatter’s first term in office.

Blatter, 86, and Platini, 66, have denied the accusations, citing that they had a verbal agreement for 20 years over the payment.

“The evidence gathered by the (Swiss Attorney General’s Office) has corroborated that this payment to Platini was made without a legal basis,” Federal Prosecutors said last year.

Blatter was later removed as FIFA president and ultimately ended Platini’s campaign to succeed him.

Platini was also ousted as UEFA president after he was banned from football because of the payment.

Blatter has been charged with fraud, mismanagement, misappropriation of FIFA funds, and forgery of a document, while Platini was accused of fraud, misappropriation, forgery, and as an accomplice to Blatter’s alleged mismanagement.

They face up to five years in jail each if convicted of the fraud and forgery charges.


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