20 months probation against Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter

Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter risking big. The Swiss prosecutor’s office on Wednesday demanded a one-year and eight-month suspended sentence against former UEFA and FIFA presidents, accused of swindling the football body by obtaining an unjustified payment for the Frenchman.

The Bellinzona Federal Criminal Court (South-East) is ruling on the July 8 decision in this case, which broke the careers of the two leaders, and in which they theoretically face up to five years in prison. By refraining from a firm sentence against the 66-year-old Frenchman and the 86-year-old Swiss, prosecutor Thomas Hildbrand demanded that their sentences be accompanied by a two-year suspended sentence.

A bill of 2 million Swiss francs

For more than four and a half hours, he focused on sweeping the thesis of an “oral contract” between the two men for a job as an adviser to Platini between 1998 and 2002, when he had just allied with Switzerland to take over the presidency of FIFA.

Blatter and Platini certainly signed a written agreement in August 1999, providing for 300,000 Swiss francs a year paid in full by FIFA. Moreover, they assured that they had agreed to pay an additional 700,000 francs a year, when the finances of the organization allowed.

Platini, who became president of UEFA, was presented with a 2 million Swiss franc (1.8 million euros) production debut in 2011, signed by Sepp Blatter and presented to FIFA as a late resignation. salary.

The trial is set to continue until June 22

Unlikely, Thomas Hildbrand swept: even if the body had transferred one million Swiss francs to Platini as early as 1999, it would still have “more than 21 million francs in cash”, and reserves reached 327 million in 2002.

Agreeing on such a sum without a written record, without witnesses and without ever provisioning it in the accounts is also “contrary to commercial usage” as is the practice of FIFA, he stressed. The trial is set to begin on Wednesday, June 22, with a hearing from FIFA – the civil party – and the defense.

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