FIFA scandal: Blatter, Platini and the sinister two million francs

On January 17, 2011, Michel Platini, who was once one of the best footballers in the world and then President of the European Football Association (UEFA), submitted a bill to FIFA. Subject: salaries for the years 1998-2002. The total is two million francs. A few days later, FIFA, then ruled by Sepp Blatter, transferred the amount. This amount was discovered in the fall of 2015 and the prosecutor’s office began an investigation. After nearly seven years, Blatter and Platini’s trial began on Wednesday before the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona. The most important questions and answers

What do you accuse the Bibliotheca Alexandrina duo?

Scam against FIFA. Platini was illegally enriched by the fact that the World Assembly transferred 2 million francs to the French and also paid 229,126 francs in social security contributions. Platini had no right. Blatter and Platini deceived the responsible FIFA officials with false information and a fake invoice in order to send this money to Platini.

How do Blatter and Platini explain this payment?

The consultant’s fee was also paid late. After Blatter was elected president of FIFA in the summer of 1998, Platini served as his advisor until 2002. At that time, he received 300,000 Swiss francs per year for this. According to Blatter, 86, and Platini, 66, there was a “verbal agreement” the French were already entitled to – and he didn’t get it right away only because FIFA was experiencing financial difficulties in 2002. The amount owed was only paid in February 2011.

What are the problems with this lecture?

The long period of time between the alleged oral agreement and the actual transfer is surprising. It is true that FIFA was in existential distress at the beginning of 2002, but that ended later in the same year, but in any case it was much earlier than in February 2011. No reserves were formed either. Platini received his first 300,000 francs as a self-employed person, while now also demanding Social Security contributions. There is also a suspicion that there is bargaining over the exact amount of the subsequent fee. Platini himself once stated that according to a verbal agreement, he should receive a total of 1 million annually. Then the search should be 2.8 million francs. On the other hand, former FIFA general Jerome Valcke is said to have testified that Platini originally asked for four million francs.

If it wasn’t a consultant’s fee, what was it?

The 17-page indictment says nothing about this. When the transfer was broken nearly seven years ago in February 2011, the deal was generally linked to the election campaign at the top of FIFA at the time. Sepp Blatter ran for a fourth term. Paying, one suspected, would have been a kind of reward for not competing against him. However, the results of the investigation show that Platini contacted FIFA in February 2010 at the latest to demand money. It is therefore unlikely that there is a link to the election of the FIFA President (in May 2011), as is the case for the awarding of the 2018/22 World Cup to Russia and Qatar (December 2010).

How is the process going?

Eleven days of negotiations were planned. The two accused, Blatter (Wednesday) and Platini (Thursday), are scheduled to be questioned in the first few days. FIFA participates in the process as a special prosecutor; Hope to get the money back. After the parties’ final presentations, the main session is scheduled to end on June 23. Sentencing is scheduled for July 8.

What threatens Blatter and Platini?

Fraud is punishable by five years imprisonment or a fine. However, it is also possible to delve into the review.

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