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Platini not to justify 2 million Swiss franc payment from FIFA — UEFA

October 07, 2015, 20:24 UTC+3 LONDON
The UEFA president is being investigated about a 2 million Swiss franc payment signed off by FIFA president Joseph Blatter in February 2011
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UEFA president Michel Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini

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LONDON, October 7. /TASS/. The president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini does not feel the need to publicly justify his 2 million Swiss franc payment from FIFA, the UEFA head of communication Pedro Pinto said on Wednesday.

On September 24 the Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against FIFA President Joseph Blatter on charges of criminal mismanagement and embezzlement. The UEFA president is being investigated about a 2 million Swiss franc payment signed off by FIFA president Joseph Blatter in February 2011 apparently for work as technical advisor carried out between 1999 and 2002.

Platini has not publicly explained the reason for such a lengthy delay beyond that when he started his role as Blatter's advisor in 1999 he was told "that it was not initially possible to pay the totality of my salary because of FIFA's financial situation at that time".

Pedro Pinto, speaking in London at the Leaders in Sport business summit, said "the president (Platini) currently feels that he has given satisfactory explanations to the authorities that are dealing with this case."

Platini is a candidate for the FIFA presidency. Blatter was reelected for another presidential tem on May 29, but after four days he announced he quitted the post due to corruption scandals. Until the elections for FIFA head in February 2016, Blatter will serve as FIFA head.

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