Blatter, Platini indicted by Swiss authorities over 2 million Swiss francs payment

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Combination record photograph of FIFA President Sepp Blatter addressing a quality league astatine the FIFA office successful Zurich, Switzerland June 2, 2015 and UEFA President Michel Platini (R) attending the 65th FIFA Congress successful Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich/

Nov 2 (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and erstwhile UEFA president Michel Platini person been indicted implicit unlawfully arranging a outgo of 2 cardinal Swiss francs ($2.19 million), the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland said connected Tuesday.

Swiss prosecutors person been probing Blatter, 85, implicit accusations helium arranged the outgo from satellite soccer's governing assemblage FIFA to Platini successful February 2011.

The OAG accused Blatter and Platini of "fraud, successful the alternate of misappropriation, successful the further alternate of transgression mismanagement arsenic good arsenic of forgery of a document." Platini, who captained France to triumph successful the 1984 European Championship, was besides charged arsenic an accomplice.

Blatter and Platini were some banned successful 2016 from shot for six years implicit the payment, made with Blatter's support for enactment done a decennary earlier. Both had denied immoderate wrongdoing.

Blatter's lawyer declined to remark connected the charges portion Platini did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

The OAG said its probe revealed that Platini worked arsenic a advisor for past FIFA president Blatter betwixt 1998-2002 and that an yearly compensation of 300,000 Swiss francs was agreed upon successful a written contract.

The OAG said Platini had invoiced the declaration and had been paid successful afloat but the 66-year-old erstwhile France planetary continued to request payment.

"Over 8 years aft the termination of his advisory activity, Platini demanded a outgo successful the magnitude of 2 cardinal Swiss francs," the OAG said.

"With Blatter's involvement, FIFA made a outgo to Platini successful said magnitude astatine the opening of 2011. The grounds gathered by the OAG has corroborated that this outgo to Platini was made without a ineligible basis.

"This outgo damaged FIFA's assets and unlawfully enriched Platini. In the presumption of the OAG, the accused person committed the offences listed."

Reporting by Rohith Nair successful Bengaluru, Simon Evans and Silke Koltrowitz; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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