Infantino Fails After Blatter And Platini Cleared Of Corruption Charges
The desperate bid by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to put away once and for all political adversaries Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini has failed after a Swiss court today cleared both men of corruption charges.
Criminal proceedings were launched into the pair after a payment of two million Swiss francs (£1.7m) from FIFA to Platini was uncovered in 2015.
Blatter, 86, was the head of FIFA – the world football body – at the time, while Platini, 67, ran UEFA, the football executive for Europe.
The payment was made in 2011 following what the two men said was a “gentleman’s agreement” made in 1998. Prosecutors said this version of events was an “invention”.
Platini claimed the investigation was a deliberate plot to prevent him from ascending to being leader of FIFA.
He has also vowed he will not rest until he has gone after those who were behind this farce.