The investigation opened in 2015 in Switzerland against Sepp Blatter for a payment without written trace of 2 million francs to Michel Platini was extended to the latter for suspicions “of participation in an unfair management”. The Public Ministry of the Confederation (MPC) is planning “several hearings” in connection with this case this fall.
In May 2020, the MPC extended the criminal proceedings against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter to other partial facts and complaints as well as to other people. In this context, the procedure has been extended against the former UEFA president for suspicion of participating in an unfair management and for suspicion of forgery in the titles, the MPC told Keystone-ATS on Friday afternoon, confirming information AFP.
For his part, Sepp Blatter said that he was summoned in this case by the MPC “to be questioned on September 1”. According to the former FIFA president, still suspended, Mr. Platini was summoned to court by Swiss justice on August 31. The MPC confirmed that hearings will take place “in the third quarter”, without giving further details.
Justice had opened criminal proceedings in September 2015 against Sepp Blatter, the source of a controversial payment in 2011 of 2 million francs, without a written contract, to Platini, for a job of adviser completed in 2002.
This suspicious payment of 2 million francs earned Sepp Blatter as well as Platini a suspension of several years, which prevented the former UEFA president from seeking the presidency of FIFA. The suspension of Mr. Platini was confirmed by the CAS, which reduced it to 4 years, then by the Federal Court and finally by the European Court of Human Rights.
In the other part of the investigation, the MPC confirmed in early April that it did not intend to prosecute the ousted FIFA boss for granting television rights to the Caribbean Football Union, for “Suspicion of unfair management and breach of trust”. FIFA has since asked the MPC to continue the investigation by filing “official comments”.