Blatter and Platini acquitted in fraud case

Frenchman Platini earned €1.8 million in 2011 as UEFA director. According to Swiss Blatter, Platini was entitled to this because of the work done.

According to OM, they both defrauded FIFA. The Federal Court in Bellinzona has now ruled in the case, which ruined the careers of both drivers.

Lorenz Ernie, Blatter’s lawyer, had filed for acquittal in the Swiss court last Friday.

Earlier, a Swiss judge once again acquitted the president of the French club Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, of corruption.

Al-Adl had requested a 28-month prison sentence in March against the 48-year-old Qatari, who is a member of UEFA’s governing board and president of UEFA, the interest group of major European clubs.

Earlier this month, it was announced that FIFA and some of its football associations had received an additional $92 million in compensation for lost revenue due to various corruption cases.

The US judiciary has been investigating corruption in the football world for years, and several managers were arrested at the FIFA Congress in Zurich in 2015.

Victims

The money they enriched themselves by cheating in the sale of media and marketing rights to major tournaments is distributed by Americans to the “victims”.

In August last year, FIFA had already recovered $201 million. Now follows an amount of 92 million, a transfer of 88 million euros. The money will go to FIFA, CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, a federation of countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean. Some national football associations also receive a portion of this amount.

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Blatter fall

The issue of corruption on a large scale surfaced seven years ago with the approach of the FIFA presidential elections. Several Bobos were arrested at their hotel in Zurich. This case eventually led to the departure of then FIFA President Blatter.

Since then, the US justice system has indicted more than 50 people from more than 20 countries in the case. A large portion of the football chiefs involved pleaded guilty.

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