Prosecutors charged the former FIFA and UEFA presidents with fraud surrounding the 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss Francs to Platini.
Through years of investigations by Swiss and American authorities into corruption at the highest levels of world soccer, former longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter largely escaped direct implication, while associates landed in jail and U.S. federal courtrooms.
But that changed on Tuesday when Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General indicted Blatter for fraud and criminal mismanagement. Former French national team captain and European soccer executive Michel Platini will also face the same charges, as well as participating in misappropriation and forgery of a document.
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