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Saturday 17 August 2019

Fifa ethics judge opens cases against Blatter and Platini

Uefa president Michel Platini and Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Uefa president Michel Platini and Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Fifa has formally opened proceedings against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini and hopes to give its verdicts next month.

A spokesman for Fifa ethics judge Joachim Eckert said Mr Blatter and Mr Platini "will be invited to submit positions including any evidence" and can request hearings.

The Fifa and Uefa presidents, currently suspended for 90 days, face bans of at least several years for alleged financial wrongdoing.

The investigations chamber of the Fifa ethics committee said on Saturday that it submitted final case reports and asked for sanctions against both officials. Details were not given.

The case centres on two million US dollars (£1.3m) of Fifia money which Mr Blatter approved for Mr Platini in 2011 as backdated salary.

Both deny wrongdoing and say they had a verbal contract to pay Mr Platini for work as Mr Blatter's presidential adviser from 1998-2002.

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