Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini cleared of fraud following corruption trial

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter and vice-president Michel Platini have both been found not guilty following a fraud trial that concerned a payment of £1.6m made from Blatter to Platini back in 2011.

The trial went ahead at at the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland and lasted 11 days before concluding back on June 22, with the pair insisting that the payment was pre-arranged.

Arriving at court on Friday (July 8) for the verdict, Blatter told reporters: "I am not innocent in my life but in this case I am innocent."

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At the time of the payment, Blatter, 86, and Platini, 67, were in the roles of head of FIFA and UEFA respectively.

Mr Platini said: "I want to express my happiness for all my loved ones that justice has finally been done after seven years of lies and manipulation. My fight is a fight against injustice. I won a first game."

With Blatter and Platini both being banned from football for eight years back in 2015, before a reduction in the ban, the latter believes the investigation was a plot to stop him becoming FIFA leader.

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Football fans have now given their thoughts on the verdict – with many showing faux shock at the result of the trial.

One fan wrote: "Move along. Nothing to see here."

With a second adding: "Sepp Blatter acquitted of corruption in Swiss court. Quelle surprise."

A third continued: "I really shouldn't be surprised, should I?!"

And a fourth writing: "Wow what a shock!…"

And a fifth concluding: "No surprise there."


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