Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was going through questioning Tuesday by a Swiss prosecutor over a cost of two million Swiss francs ($2.2 million) made to former UEFA boss Michel Platini in 2011. The 84-year-old arrived round at 09:00 am on the headquarters of the Public Ministry of the Confederation (MPC) in Bern, the place Platini, the previous head of European soccer, had been questioned the day earlier than by prosecutor Thomas Hildbrand. “This is the moment when we start to talk about this dossier which has lasted for five years, and about which I have never been asked questions, so I am happy to be able to give information on it,” mentioned Blatter as he arrived.
The investigation, which was arrange in 2015, is trying into the cost Platini acquired from FIFA in 2011 for an advisory job accomplished in 2002, on suspicion of “complicity in unfair management, embezzlement and forgery”.
Platini mentioned in June when he was added by Hildbrand to the investigation that the Swiss Attorney General’s workplace had “confirmed in writing in May 2018” that his case was closed.
The 65-year-old former French soccer nice now has the standing of “accused” alongside Blatter.
Blatter, who led the worldwide soccer physique from 1998 to 2015, instructed AFP the cost was above board.
“It was back pay for work done by Michel Platini. The sum was validated by the finance commission. It cannot be a criminal offence,” mentioned Blatter.
FIFA deemed the sum a “disloyal payment” and suspended Blatter and Platini from all football-related actions, which prevented the previous UEFA chief from working for an additional time period as president in 2016.
Two different former FIFA executives, Frenchman Jerome Valcke, the previous secretary-general, and German Markus Kattner, the previous monetary director, are being investigated on “suspicion of unfair management”, the OAG has mentioned.
Kattner shall be questioned on September 4.
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