الإثنين , يونيو 8 2020

Blatter & Platini ‘had agreement’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with Michel Platini over the £1.35m payment he made to his Uefa counterpart in 2011.

Blatter, 79, faces a

criminal investigation

over the payment, made nine years after Platini, 60, carried out consultation work for the Swiss.

Both men deny any wrongdoing.

“It was a contract I had with Michel Platini, a gentleman’s agreement that was followed through on,” Blatter told Swiss broadcaster RROTV.

Football’s world governing body Fifa has imposed

a 90-day suspension

on Blatter and Platini while corruption claims concerning the payment are investigated.

Former France international captain and coach Platini says the money was an unpaid additional salary due from the time he served as Blatter’s advisor between 1998 and 2002.

Following a Uefa meeting on Thursday, the Football Association

suspended its support

for Platini’s bid to become Fifa president “until the legal process has been concluded and the position is clear”.

Uefa issued a statement saying Platini should be given the opportunity “to clear his name” and urged the Fifa ethics committee to conclude its investigation by mid-November.

The Fifa presidential election is scheduled to take place on 26 February 2016.

Meanwhile, Fifa says it will investigate “very serious allegations” that a 6.7m euro (£5m) payment was made to it by Germany’s 2006 World Cup organising committee.

The bid, led by former World Cup-winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer, edged out favourites South Africa in the July 2000 vote to win the hosting rights for the 2006 tournament.

Fifa said the allegations would be reviewed “as part of the independent internal investigation currently being conducted by Fifa under the direction of its legal director with the assistance of outside counsel”.

Germany’s Football Association is also investigating the payment, saying it had found no indication of wrongdoing in the overall bid process but that the payment “may potentially not have been used for the intended purpose”.

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