Zurich: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are two well-known figures in world and European football administrations who were called to testify in a corruption trial in Switzerland on Wednesday over a fraudulent payment.
Former FIFA and UEFA bosses appeared in the Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona. Both have been on the radar since the start of the probe in 2015 regarding their involvement in corruption cases. The investigation lasted six years.
Swiss prosecutors accused the football world’s most powerful couple of illegally disposing of a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2.08 million) in 2011 from FIFA to Platini. At that time, Platini had been working as In-Charge of European football’s governing body, UEFA.
The former captain of France, Platini, “submitted to FIFA in 2011 an allegedly fabricated statement for a (alleged) debt still existing for his activity as an adviser for FIFA in the years 1998 to 2002,” according to the court.
He, along with the former football administrator of Switzerland, Blatter, could be imprisoned for five years. Both are facing the charge of fraud and forgery of a document. Blatter is accused of misuse and criminal mismanagement, while Platini is accused of taking part in those offences.
The last trial will take place on June 22 and the verdict is likely to take place on July 8.