Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Cleared Of Corruption Allegations By Swiss Court
Powerful football men Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini comes out clear of all corruption charges by the Swiss Court. Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA for 17 years before a force out in December 2015. Michel Platini ran UEFA for eight years before leaving his role on the same day as Blatter. Also, Platini is a former France national team captain and manager. Both among, strong most powerful people in the football world was cleared of fraud by the Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Allegations
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were accused saying : a Swiss who led FIFA for 17 years, and Platini of unlawfully arranging for FIFA to pay the Frenchman two million Swiss francs (£1.7m) in 2011. This case was a dent to the reputation of Both Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini. It wreck the hopes of Platini Succeeding Blatter as FIFA president cos he the banning from football.
Sepp Blatter however, claimed the payment was a “gentleman’s agreement” between himself and Platini when he asked Platini to be his Technical Advisor in 1998. Platini worked as a consultant between 1998 and 2002 with an annual salary of 300,000 Swiss francs (£257,000). However it is the most FIFA will pay because of money troubles the organisation were having at the time.The rest of Platini’s one-million per year salary (£857,000) were to settle at a later date. Blatter told the Court.
Platini, who also lost his job as UEFA president following the ban, said the affair was a deliberate attempt to thwart his attempt to become FIFA president in 2015. Platini’s former general secretary at UEFA, Gianni Infantino, entered the FIFA race and won the election in 2016.
Speaking after the case: “I want to express my happiness for all my love ones that justice finally after seven years of lies and manipulation.” “My fight is a fight against injustice. I won a first game. “In this case, there are culprits who did not appear during this trial. Let them count on me, we will meet again. Because I will not give up and I will go all the way in my quest for truth. “Believe me, going from being a legend of world soccer to a devil is very difficult. Especially when it comes to you in a totally unfair way.”