Blatter and Platini to be tried for corruption

Swiss court case concerning CHF2million payment to ex-UEFA boss will begin on 8 June



Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA, and ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini will go on trial facing corruption charges in June, Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court has confirmed.


Last year, Blatter and Platini were charged with fraud and other offences by Swiss authorities relating to a CHF2million payment made in 2011.


The case relates to a payment made by FIFA to Platini in 2011, authorised by Blatter, which Switzerland's attorney general's office (OAG) alleges "was made without a legal basis".


The OAG indictment alleges Platini demanded the payment more than eight years after his work as a consultant for Blatter between 1999 and 2002 had come to an end, and that it "damaged FIFA's assets and unlawfully enriched Platini".


The trial will start on 8 June, with proceedings set to last until 22 June.