Former FIFA and UEFA Presidents Blatter and Platini will stand trial in June on corruption charges.

By Our Sports Correspondent

The case is about Platini’s written request to FIFA in January 2011 to be paid a backdated additional salary for working as a presidential adviser in Blatter’s first term, from 1998 to 2002.

Blatter allegedly authorised FIFA to make the payment within weeks at that time he was preparing for his re-election campaign against Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam and Platini’s influence on the European Vote was a key factor.

Prosecutors alleged that Blatter improperly arranged the payment to Platini, who captained France to victory in the 1984 European Championship, in 2011 for consulting work. Blatter and Platini said the payment was for backdated salary.

Both are suspected of fraud and other charges amid what became part of the biggest corruption scandal to shake FIFA.

The case from September 2015 ousted Blatter ahead of schedule as FIFA president and ended then-UEFA president Platini’s campaign to succeed his former mentor.

Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, resigned in 2015, followed by Platini in 2016. Both were handed six-year bans for ethics violations.

The trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court is due to start on June 8 and last until June 22, the court said on its website.

The office of Blatter’s attorney declined to comment. At the time of his indictment, Blatter said, “I look forward to the trial before the Federal Criminal Court with optimism and I hope that this story will come to an end and that all the facts will be dealt with properly.”

Platini’s Swiss lawyer was not immediately available for comment. In the past he has said his client was innocent and the case should have been dropped long ago.

The court said Blatter and Platini are accused of having unlawfully obtained, to the detriment of FIFA, the payment of 2 million Swiss francs (£16.5m) and social security contributions worth around 229,000 francs for Platini.

“Among other things, Michel Francois Platini had submitted to FIFA in 2011 a presumably fictitious invoice for an (allegedly) still existing claim for his consulting activities for FIFA in the years 1998 to 2002,” it said.

The vote was an important factor.

Prosecutors claimed that Blatter improperly arranged for Platini, who captained France to victory in the 1984 European Championship, to be paid for consulting work in 2011. According to Blatter and Platini, the payment was for backdated salary.

Both are suspected of fraud and other offenses as part of the biggest corruption scandal to rock FIFA.

The September 2015 case resulted in Blatter’s resignation as FIFA president ahead of schedule and effectively ended then-UEFA president Platini’s campaign to succeed his former mentor.

Blatter, FIFA’s president for 17 years, stepped down in 2015, followed by Platini in 2016. Both received six-year bans for violations of ethics.

The trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court is scheduled to begin on June 8 and will last until the end of the year.

The court announced the date on its website on June 22.

Blatter’s attorney’s office declined to comment. “I look forward to the trial before the Federal Criminal Court with optimism, and I hope that this story will come to an end and that all the facts will be dealt with properly,” Blatter said at the time of his indictment.

Platini’s Swiss lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He has previously stated that his client was innocent and that the case should have been dropped years ago.

According to the court, Blatter and Platini are accused of illegally obtaining a payment of 2 million Swiss francs (£16.5 million) and social security contributions worth around 229,000 francs for Platini to the detriment of FIFA.

“Along with other things, Michel “In 2011, Francois Platini submitted to FIFA a presumably fictitious invoice for a (allegedly) still existing claim for his consulting activities for FIFA from 1998 to 2002,” the statement said.

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