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Platini confident of justice in FIFA fraud trial

Former UEFA President Michel Platini has spoken of his confidence in the “justice of the Swiss court to restore the truth in its decision” as his lawyer called for his acquittal in the ongoing fraud trial.

According to French newspaper L’Équipe, Platini spoke at the end of yesterday’s hearing at the Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona in Switzerland.

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Platini and ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter are on trial faced with charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption related to a secret payment of CHF2 million (£1.6 million/$2 million/€1.9 million) between the two former powerbrokers.

Blatter is accused of illegally transferring the money to the former France captain in 2011 but both have denied any wrongdoing.

“I have always deeply respected others, my opponents, my partners and the referees ,” said Platini in a report by L’Équipe.

“I have never had a red card during my career.

“It’s my great pride and it was my dad’s greatest pride.

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“I express my confidence in the justice of this court to restore the truth in its decision.
“Wash away what has been soiled and abused for seven long years and recognise the suffering of my family.”
Blatter and Platini were banned for eight years by the FIFA Ethics Committee in relation to the payments in 2015, with this reduced to six years on appeal.

Blatter said earlier in the trial that the payment was part of a “gentleman’s agreement” with Platini.
Swiss lawyer Lorenz Erni, who is defending Blatter, then claimed the 86-year-old’s acquittal was the only possible outcome, adding that the allegations against his claim were “absurd”.

 

Speaking in court yesterday, Dominic Nellen, who is Platini’s lawyer, also asked for acquittal, insisting the Frenchman was not guilty of fraud or forgery.

Nellen claimed that Platini was a victim of a plot

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