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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini acquitted of corruption

A Swiss court has acquitted former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, and former UEFA president Michel Platini of corruption.

After a payment of 2 million Swiss Francs (PS1.7m), from FIFA to Platini, criminal proceedings were initiated against the couple in 2015.

Blatter, 86 was the head FIFA – the international football body – while Platini (67) ran UEFA, Europe’s football executive.

After what the men claimed was a 1998 “gentleman’s arrangement”, the payment was made in 2011. Prosecutors claimed that this version of events was an invention.

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Blatter supported the transfer of FIFA funds to Platini, while campaigning for re-election as the head of the international football body.

Platini was seen to have a strong hold on the European caucus.

In 2015, the US government began a broad-based investigation into corruption, fraud, and money laundering at FIFA. This led to Blatter’s resignation.

He and Platini were both banned from football for eight-years in 2015. However, this ban was later reduced.

Platini claimed that the investigation was a plot to stop him becoming FIFA’s leader.

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