FIFA: Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter tried in Switzerland for fraud

This is a long-awaited verdict. On Wednesday, Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter will appear in Switzerland for fraud from Wednesday. Until June 22, the Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona (southeast) will also sentence the 66-year-old Frenchman and the 86-year-old Swiss for “dishonest management”, “breach of trust” and “counterfeiting of titles”. in the same file, before making its decision on July 8.

The two allies who became rivals, as Platini grew impatient to succeed Blatter, are accused of “unlawfully obtained, to the detriment of FIFA, a payment of 2 million Swiss francs“(1.8 million euros)”in favor of Michel PlatiniBoth the targets of other proceedings, in France for the triple Ballon d’Or and in Switzerland for Sepp Blatter, face five years in prison or a fine.

Lies ?

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The two men will be able to explain themselves in the affair that brought them under the spell of world football, at a time when Michel Platini, then UEFA boss and still crowned with his sporting glory, seemed ideally placed to take charge . of FIFA following the scandals that prompted Blatter to resign. Defense and prosecution agree on one point: The Frenchman advised Sepp Blatter well between 1998 and 2002, during his first term as FIFA head, and the two men signed a contract in 1999 in which they would pay an annual fee of CHF 300,000. agreed, “fully paid by FIFA“, according to the OM.

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But in January 2011″more than eight years after the end of its consultancy activity“, the ex-captain of the Blues”claimed a claim of 2 million Swiss francs“acquitted by the football association”with the competition” by Sepp Blatter. For the prosecution it is a payment “unfounded“obtained by inducing”clever mistakeFIFA’s internal controls by false claims by the two leaders, the main criterion of the scam.

The two men insist that they had decided from the outset on an annual salary of one million Swiss francs, verbally and without witnesses, without FIFA’s finances allowing immediate payment to Platini.

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This is a balance of salary owed by FIFA, by oral contract and paid on terms of the most perfect legality. Nothing else! I acted, as all my life and all my career, with the utmost honesty“, the French assures in statements sent to AFP. Like Sepp Blatter, Platini also denounces the possible role of the current boss of world football, Gianni Infantino, in the initiation of the investigation. French at UEFA and unexpectedly chosen to head of FIFA in 2016, the Italian-Swiss has been the target of proceedings since 2020 regarding three secret meetings with the former chief prosecutor.

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But since the Swiss justice has refused to join the two files, the debates should quickly focus on the reality of the oral agreement of the two defendants: they will have to explain the contradiction with the 1999 contract, the fact that this debt never delivered by FIFA, and contrast with the usual practices of the agency, which has never rewarded an employee or consultant”without written basishis former HRD assured in the disciplinary part of the procedure.

As a civil party, FIFA intends to recover the salaries and social security contributions paid in 2011.”so that the money embezzled by the suspects for personal use is returned to the sole purpose for which it was intended: footballAFP told Me Hohl-Chirazi, the agency’s attorney.

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.

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