FIFA court to hear Blatter, Platini cases

ZURICH: A FIFA court on Thursday starts hearing the cases of suspended world football president Sepp Blatter and his deputy Michel Platini on corruption charges.

Blatter has said he will defend himself before the FIFA ethics judges on Thursday though he has described the world body’s ethics commission as “the inquisition.”

Frenchman Platini, also the head of UEFA, has said he will boycott his hearing on Friday insisting the case has been decided in advance. His lawyers say FIFA investigators have called for a life ban.

Blatter is under criminal investigation in Switzerland over a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment that FIFA made to Platini in 2011.Both have denied any wrongdoing.

With FIFA roiling from corruption scandals being investigated by US and Swiss authorities, this case has stopped Platini from pursuing his bid to take over from Blatter as FIFA president in an election in February.

A verdict in the cases is expected to be given as early as next Monday.




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