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FIFA: Court Clear Blatter, Platini Of Alleged Fraud

Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president, and Michel Platini, the vice president, were acquitted of the 2011 alleged fraud case on Friday, July 8.

In an 11-day trial, both former football officials reportedly had their accusations against them dismissed.

“Both men had denied wrongdoing and said the transfer was belated payment for Platini’s advisory work for Fifa.

The 11-day trial took place at the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland and concluded on 22 June.”

In a statement following the decision that was posted on AP News, Platini claimed that justice had at last been established.

“Following the decision of the judges of the Court of Bellinzona, this morning, I wanted to express my happiness for all my loved ones that justice has finally been done after seven years of lies and manipulation.

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“The truth has come to light during this trial.”

“I kept saying it: my fight is a fight against injustice. I won a first game. In this case, there are culprits who did not appear during this trial. Let them count on me. We will meet again. Because I will not give up and I will go all the way in my quest for truth.”

Recall that, according to a BBC investigation from 2011, Blatter, 86, and Platini, 67, were allegedly accused of transferring $2.19 million (£1.6 million) in unauthorized Swiss francs. They have been in court in Bellinzona for trial ever since.

However, according to AP News, both men insisted that the suspected funds were simply money and had no ulterior motives.

“Both Blatter and Platini have long denied wrongdoing and claim they had a verbal deal in 1998 for Platini to get extra salary that FIFA could not pay at the time. Platini signed a contract in August 1999 to be paid 300,000 Swiss francs ($300,000) annually.”

In 2011, the charges caused Blatter’s 17-year tenure as FIFA president to terminate.

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Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president, and Michel Platini, the vice president, were acquitted of the 2011 alleged fraud case on Friday, July 8.

In an 11-day trial, both former football officials reportedly had their accusations against them dismissed.

“Both men had denied wrongdoing and said the transfer was belated payment for Platini’s advisory work for Fifa.

The 11-day trial took place at the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland and concluded on 22 June.”

In a statement following the decision that was posted on AP News, Platini claimed that justice had at last been established.

“Following the decision of the judges of the Court of Bellinzona, this morning, I wanted to express my happiness for all my loved ones that justice has finally been done after seven years of lies and manipulation.

READ MORE: Juventus Snab Up Di Maria On Free Transfer

“The truth has come to light during this trial.”

“I kept saying it: my fight is a fight against injustice. I won a first game. In this case, there are culprits who did not appear during this trial. Let them count on me. We will meet again. Because I will not give up and I will go all the way in my quest for truth.”

Recall that, according to a BBC investigation from 2011, Blatter, 86, and Platini, 67, were allegedly accused of transferring $2.19 million (£1.6 million) in unauthorized Swiss francs. They have been in court in Bellinzona for trial ever since.

However, according to AP News, both men insisted that the suspected funds were simply money and had no ulterior motives.

“Both Blatter and Platini have long denied wrongdoing and claim they had a verbal deal in 1998 for Platini to get extra salary that FIFA could not pay at the time. Platini signed a contract in August 1999 to be paid 300,000 Swiss francs ($300,000) annually.”

In 2011, the charges caused Blatter’s 17-year tenure as FIFA president to terminate.

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