French Football Federation searched in Blatter-Platini probe

French Football Federation searched in Blatter-Platini probe
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Both men say the payment is clean and was for consultancy work carried out by Platini for FIFA
Both men say the payment is clean and was for consultancy work carried out by Platini for FIFA
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Authorities have searched the offices of the French Football Federation (FFF) in Paris as part of a legal probe into former FIFA chief Joseph Blatter, the office of the Swiss Attorney General said Wednesday.

The operation was carried out on Tuesday as Swiss authorities investigate a payment of 2 million Swiss francs (1.8 million dollars) made by Blatter to UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011.

Swiss officials were present during the search, which was carried out by French financial investigators.

They seized documents, according to the Swiss prosecutors.

Switzerland launched criminal proceedings against Blatter in September for possible criminal mismanagement or misappropriation of funds.

World football body FIFA banned Swiss Blatter and Frenchman Platini for eight years, later reduced to six, because of the payment. Both men say the payment is clean and was for consultancy work carried out by European football chief Platini for FIFA several years before.

Blatter, who turns 80 on Thursday, was replaced as FIFA president by Platini's former UEFA number two Gianni Infantino last month. Swiss Infantino only stood for election after Platini was barred.

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