Fifa scandal

Blatter: ‘A gentleman’s agreement with Platini’

Blatter: 'A gentleman's agreement with Platini'
Sepp Blatter, left and Michel Platini. Photo: Kirill Kudryatsnev/AFP
Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter claimed on Friday that the $2-million (€1.8 million) payment he made to Uefa president Michel Platini was a "gentleman's agreement".

“It was a contract I had with Platini, a gentleman's agreement,” said the 79-year-old in an interview with Swiss media RROTV.

“It was implemented. I can't give any more details, the issue is being discussed in two investigations.”

Asked directly if the contract had been made within the rules, Blatter added: “Yes, certainly, it was within the rules.”

Blatter and Platini, 60, have both been suspended for 90 days by Fifa's ethics committee as Swiss authorities conduct a criminal investigation into corruption allegations at the scandal-tainted world football governing body.


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