UEFA chief Michel Platini arrived at a Swiss regional prosecutor's office on Wednesday for an interview with the prosecutor investigating a dispute between European football's governing body and FC Sion.

"/> UEFA chief Michel Platini arrived at a Swiss regional prosecutor's office on Wednesday for an interview with the prosecutor investigating a dispute between European football's governing body and FC Sion.

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Swiss prosecutor hears Platini in Sion case

UEFA chief Michel Platini arrived at a Swiss regional prosecutor's office on Wednesday for an interview with the prosecutor investigating a dispute between European football's governing body and FC Sion.

Swiss prosecutor hears Platini in Sion case

Wearing a suit, Platini arrived by foot at Canton Vaud’s prosecutor’s office without making any comments to the media.

UEFA communications director Alexandre Fourtoy meanwhile said that the meeting between the prosecutor and Platini will be held behind closed doors.

FC Sion president Christian Constantin also arrived at the same location Wednesday morning, without making any comments to the media.

The Swiss football club has taken UEFA and FIFA to several regional courts in Switzerland after it was thrown out of the Europa League for fielding ineligible players.

No charges have been made against Platini, but he is to answer as to how the league games are organised and the importance of regulations in sports.

UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino is also expected to be heard by the prosecutor.

A Vaud cantonal court had earlier ordered UEFA to reinstate FC Sion to the league. In case of non-compliance, the football body would be fined.

But UEFA has until now not complied, as it waited for a decision from world sports’ top court CAS, to which FC Sion would not pose its appeal.

“The Europa League has regulations which are public. The CAS is included in these regulations. Can one play in the Europa League without following the rules?” Fourtoy asked.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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