Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini cleared of corruption charges

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini cleared of corruption charges 2
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Former heads of FIFA and UEFA,Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been cleared of corruption charges by a Swiss court.

According to SkySports.com Blatter and Platini were cleared of the fraudulent charges levelled against them by the Federal Criminal Court in the City of Bellinzona.

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The pair had previously denied the accusations against them while in office.

Blatter who was FIFA President for nearly two decades was accused of unlawfully arranging for FIFA to pay Les Bleus legend, Platini 1.7million Pounds in 2011.

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The case brought Blatter’s tenure to an abrupt end as well as Platini as both were banned following the revelation.

Blatter had called the payment a “gentleman’s agreement when he asked Platini to become his technical advisor in the year 1998.

Platini was a consultant between 1998 and 2002 , earning 257,000 Pounds per annum due to financial troubles at FIFA.

The rest of his 857,000 Pounds was to be settled at a later date, Blatter said.

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Motives for the payment were not clear though they had a meeting in 2010 and discussed the upcoming FIFA elections in 2011.

The payment was made public after a public investigation launched by the US Department of Justice into bribery,fraud and money laundering at FIFA in 2015.

Both men were banned for eight years in 2015 though the bans were later reduced.

Platini’s general secretary at UEFA, Gianni Infatino emerged as the new FIFA President in 2015.

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