Swiss justice again attacks Michel Platini. Former French glory is under investigation by the Swiss public prosecutor’s office for “complicity in mismanagement”.
Michel Platini was officially indicted in Switzerland for a payment of $ 2 million he allegedly received from FIFA in 2011.
According to a document relayed by theAssociated Press, Swiss federal prosecutors extended their criminal proceedings this month to include FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the payment to include Platini.
Platini, who was president of UEFA at the time, is suspected of being an accomplice in criminal mismanagement, misappropriation and counterfeiting, the document said.
The former captain of the France team submitted invoices to FIFA in January 2011 for payment for his time as presidential adviser to Blatter’s first term, from 1998 to 2002. He was paid the following month.
Blatter and Platini were both slapped with an eight-year ban on all football-related activities in 2015 after a FIFA investigation concluded that there was no “No legal basis” for that and that the two men were in a situation of ” conflict of interest ” that they didn’t disclose.
The two men had argued that the money was part of an oral agreement between them and was to be used as payment to Platini during the four years which it was adviser of Blatter from 1998 to 2002. Their sanctions were then reduced respectively to six and four years on appeal by the Sports Arbitral Tribunal (CAS).