Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was dealing with questioning Tuesday by a Swiss prosecutor over a fee 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. “That is the second after we begin to discuss this file which has lasted for 5 years, and about which I’ve by no means been requested questions, so I’m completely satisfied to have the ability to give data on it,” mentioned Blatter as he arrived.
The investigation, which was arrange in 2015, is wanting into the fee Platini acquired from FIFA in 2011 for an advisory job accomplished in 2002, on suspicion of “complicity in unfair administration, embezzlement and forgery”.
Platini mentioned in June when he was added by Hildbrand to the investigation that the Swiss Legal professional Common’s workplace had “confirmed in writing in Could 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 fee was above board.
“It was again pay for work executed by Michel Platini. The sum was validated by the finance fee. It can’t be a legal offence,” mentioned Blatter.
FIFA deemed the sum a “disloyal fee” and suspended Blatter and Platini from all football-related actions, which prevented the previous UEFA chief from operating 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 administration”, the OAG has mentioned.
Kattner might be questioned on September 4.
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