FIFA: Blatter, Platini Charged with Fraud in Swiss Court

Former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been charged with fraud and other offences in Switzerland.

Swiss prosecutors have said Mr Blatter unlawfully arranged a transfer of two million Swiss francs ($2.19m; £1.6m) to Mr Platini in 2011.

The Prosecutors said the payment “damaged FIFA’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini”.

Mr Blatter and Mr Platini now face trial at a court in Bellinzona.

If found guilty of the charges, the pair could receive prison sentences of several years or fines.

The case was opened in September 2015 after FIFA, football’s world governing body, was dogged by accusations of widespread corruption.

FIFA’s ethics committee launched an investigation which saw both men banned from the game and forced to leave their positions.

The affair ended Mr Blatter’s 17-year spell in charge of FIFA and Mr Platini’s campaign to succeed his former mentor.

A year later Mr Platini was forced to resign as president of UEFA, Europe’s football governing body, after losing an appeal against his ban.

Both Mr Blatter, 85, and Mr Platini, 66, have denied any wrongdoing.

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