By Andrew Thompson
Published: November 2, 2021 3:46 pm
Last Updated: November 2, 2021 3:56 pm
Blatter & Platini charged with fraud
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have finally been charged with fraud after a 6-year investigation by prosecutors in Switzerland.
The criminal duo was once the heads of the two most powerful football federations in the world – FIFA, and UEFA – have now been found to have conducted a fraudulent transaction amounting to the sum of $2million back in 2015 after Platini had written to FIFA requesting back pay when working as an adviser to Blatter during his first-term in office from 1998-02.
But after Swiss authorities led a 6-year hunt for evidence, it has been found that those actions – in which the pair continue to deny any wrongdoing – have been brought up on charges according to the Associated Press.
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and former UEFA President Michel Platini indicted on fraud charges by Swiss prosecutors https://t.co/htmCdvCRJP
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) November 2, 2021
In an excerpt from an article by AP’s global sports correspondent Rob Harris, “Blatter has been charged with fraud, mismanagement, misappropriation of FIFA funds and forgery of a document. Platini has been charged with fraud, misappropriation, forgery and as an accomplice to Blatter’s alleged mismanagement.”
And in a statement made by Swiss prosecutors, “This payment damaged FIFA’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini. The evidence gathered by the (attorney general’s office) has corroborated that this payment to Platini was made without a legal basis.”
Blatter in even more trouble
Though Michel Platini has the luxury of only dealing with one damaging investigation that will throw his footballing legacy into the mire, Sepp Blatter is hardly out of the woods yet.
Blatter is still in the midst of a separate investigation that dates back to 2010. Here, Blatter is connected to an authorized $1million payment to Trinidad & Tobago which landed into the control of the then-vice president of FIFA Jack Warner.
With multiple investigations targeting the former FIFA chief, it is further evidence that even the chief governing bodies in the football world are subject to high levels of corruption that have unquestionably filtered down the chain and through all sub-federations for years.
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