Blatter, Platini are at risk of continuing to stand trial 1

Blatter, Platini are at risk of continuing to stand trial 1

Swiss prosecutors filed an appeal after the court acquitted former football officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini of bribery and corruption.

Former FIFA president Blatter and former UEFA president Platini were accused of corruption for seven years, before the Swiss Federal Court found them innocent in early July.

Former UEFA President Platini spoke to the press outside the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on July 8.

`We confirm that the Swiss Attorney General’s Office (OAG) has submitted an application to the Appeals Chamber of the Federal Criminal Court on time to request a postponement of the entire first instance sentence,` Swiss newspaper Neue said.

Blatter was discovered to have transferred $2 million to Platini in 2011 without a satisfactory explanation.

On July 8, a judge in Switzerland accepted Blatter’s explanation, saying that $2 million to pay Platini for his time as his advisor from 1998 to 2002 was reasonable.

After the court reached its conclusion, prosecutors said they needed time to review the verdict before deciding whether to appeal or not.

Blatter, born in 1936, began serving as FIFA President from 1998 until announcing his resignation on June 2, 2015.

Platini is a French football legend, winning Euro 1984 and the 1985 C1 Cup, winning 3 consecutive Golden Balls from 1983 to 1985. After retiring, he coached the French national team for a short time, but was unsuccessful.

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