Swiss prosecutor appeals acquittal of Blatter and Platini

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks before the media after his trial at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland, July 8, 2022. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

ZURICH – The Swiss federal prosecutor’s office on Thursday appealed to overturn the acquittals of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and French football great Michel Platini on corruption charges.

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court acquitted the two in July after a seven-year investigation that saw them banned from sport.

Judge finds FIFA to pay Platini 2 million Swiss francs ($1.99 million), prosecutors argue, as FIFA’s ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ credible and fraudulent payments said there were serious doubts about

At the time, prosecutors said they would consider written verdicts before deciding whether to appeal against the two men, who were once among the most powerful figures in world football and denied wrongdoing. .

“We have confirmed that the Swiss Attorney General’s Office has filed an appeal to the Court of Appeal of the Federal Criminal Court within the statutory deadline and requested that the judgment of the first instance be completely reversed,” the OAG said. I confirmed the report in the Neue Zuercher Zeitung newspaper.

He declined to comment further.

($1=1.0049 Swiss Franc)