French seize Blatter documents in Paris raid

AFP
AFP - [email protected] • 9 Mar, 2016 Updated Wed 9 Mar 2016 09:15 CEST
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French authorities have searched the Paris offices of the French Football Federation in connection with Switzerland's criminal investigation targeting former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, the Swiss attorney general said on Wednesday.

Documents in connection with Blatter's infamous two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) payment to the fallen UEFA president Michel Platini "were seized" in the search carried out on Tuesday, Switzerland's top prosecutor said in a statement.
   
The statement said it asked France for cooperation in the investigation on January 14th.
   
"Pursuant to that request... and in close coordination with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG), the French Financial Prosecution Office proceeded yesterday to a search of the offices of the French Football Federation (FFF) in Paris," the statement said.
   
It added that the search was "in connection with the criminal proceedings against Mr. Joseph Blatter."
   
Switzerland opened an investigation against Blatter in September for alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as Fifa's president.
   
It also suspected Blatter of making a payment that was "disloyal" to Fifa.
   
That payment was the two million Swiss francs Blatter authorized to Platini in 2011, reportedly for consulting work the Frenchman performed a decade earlier.
   
Doubts surrounding that payment led Fifa's ethics judges to ban both Blatter and Platini from football for eight years, since reduced to six.
   
In the Swiss case, Platini has been questioned in a status that falls between a witness and an accused.
   
"Mr. Michel Platini's status in the proceedings has remained unchanged," the OAG statement said.

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