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Court acquits Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini of fraud charges

BoomRadioNG | July 8, 2022
Sep Blatter and Michel Platini

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and former UEFA president, Michel Platini have both been cleared of corruption charges by a Swiss court today following a seven-year investigation during which they were banned from participating in any sporting activities.

A judge said the pair’s account of a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ for FIFA to pay Platini 2 million Swiss francs ($2.05 million) for consulting work was credible, and serious doubts existed about the prosecution’s allegation it was a fraudulent payment.

As a result, Sepp Blatter, who was FIFA president for 17 years, was cleared of fraud by the Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona as well as Michel Platini who was also acquitted of fraud.



Sep Blatter and Michel Platini

Sep Blatter and Michel Platini

Swiss federal prosecutors said they would examine the written verdict before deciding whether to appeal.

Prosecutors had accused Swiss national Sepp Blatter of unlawfully arranging for FIFA to pay the Frenchman, Michel Platini two million Swiss francs ($2.06 million) in 2011.

The case ended Sepp Blater’s long reign as FIFA president in disgrace and it wrecked Platini’s hopes of succeeding him after he was banned from football when the affair came to light.

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