Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini were charged with fraud. Following six years of investigations in Switzerland into a payment of two million Swiss francs (£1.6m) going to Platini from FIFA. 85-year-old Blatter and former French footballer Platini, 65, could now face trial within months following a statement from Swiss federal prosecutors.
The investigation started after Platini asked FIFA for backdated pay in January 2011 for working as a presidential advisor during Blatter’s first term as FIFA president between 1998 and 2002 and Blatter approved the payment to be made.
A statement from Swiss federal prosecutors said: “This payment damaged FIFA’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini. From the point of view of the prosecution, the accused fulfilled the offenses listed at the beginning with their actions”.
Blatter has been charged with fraud, mismanagement, misappropriation of Fifa funds, and forgery of a document. While Platini was charged with fraud, misappropriation, forgery, and as an accomplice to Blatter’s alleged mismanagement.