(FILES) In this file image shows combination of pictures created on August 30, 2020 shows a file photo taken on November 22, 2019 of French football legend Michel Platini attending an event to receive a “Legendes du Sport” (Sports Legends) award at the Musee National du Sport (National Sports Museum) in the French riviera city of Nice; and a file photo taken on May 28, 2019 of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter speaking during an interview with AFP in Zurich. – The Bellinzona court will hand down its verdict on July 8, 2022, in the trial of former UEFA president Michel Platini and former Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Blatter and Platini are being tried over a two-million-Swiss-franc ($2 million) payment in 2011 to the former France captain, who by that time was in charge of European football’s governing body UEFA. (Photos by VALERY HACHE and Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
8th July 2022
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, once the chiefs of world and European football, were acquitted by a Swiss court on Friday following a trial over a suspected fraudulent payment.
Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona rejected the prosecution’s request for a suspended prison sentence of a year and eight months, while Blatter and Platini maintained their innocence throughout their trial.