Blatter, Platini Charged With Fraud In Switzerland


Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and erstwhile UEFA chief Michel Platini have been charged with fraud and other offences in Switzerland.

Swiss prosecutors say Blatter unlawfully arranged a transfer of two million Swiss francs ($2.19m; £1.6m) to Platini in 2011.


Prosecutors say the payment “damaged FIFA’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini”.

Blatter and Platini now face trial at a court in Bellinzona.

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The case was opened in September 2015 after FIFA was dogged by accusations of widespread corruption.

FIFA’s ethics committee launched an investigation, which saw both men banned from the game and forced to leave their positions.

The affair ended Blatter’s 17-year spell in charge of FIFA and then-UEFA president Platini’s campaign to succeed his former mentor.

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Both Blatter, 85, and Platini, 66, have denied any wrongdoing.

The Swiss case centres on a request for payment for advisory work…

Source: Complete Sports

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