On 15 June 2022, Switzerland’s public prosecutor requested Sepp Blatter (86) and Michel Platini (66) get 20-month suspended prison sentences in connection with accusations of fraud against the football organisation FIFA, reported RTS.
The week before, the two defendants had rejected all of the accusations, which included the improper transfer of CHF 2 million from FIFA to Platini between 1998 and 2002, allegedly for consulting services. The prosecutor concluded there was no legal basis for the payment.
Blatter and Platini must be declared guilty of fraud, breach of trust, misappropriation and document forgery, said Thomas Hildbrand the prosecutor.
The two accused individuals did not show a shadow of regret, said Hildbrand. Mr Blatter and Mr Platini were free to choose to follow the law or break it and had opted to break it without valid reason, he said.
The oral contract defence presented by the defendants was dismissed by the prosecutor. Sepp Blatter knew well that the payment of two million francs would harm FIFA and enrich Michel Platini, according to Hildbrand.
The prosecutor requested the two men be issued with 20 month suspended sentences. A suspended sentence allows the defendant serve time on probation. If probation is successfully completed the case is typically dismissed without placing the defendant in custody.
The case, which includes FIFA as a civil party, will be decided by the Federal Tribunal in Bellinzone in July.