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Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini to face trial over corruption

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, in happier times. Photo: Getty Images

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter and former Uefa president Michel Platini will go on trial in Switzerland in June to face corruption charges.

Swiss prosecutors say Blatter unlawfully arranged a transfer of 2m Swiss francs (£1.6m) to Platini in 2011.

BBC reports that Blatter and Platini – who were indicted in November – have both previously denied any wrongdoing. If found guilty, they could receive prison sentences or fines.

The case was opened in September 2015 after Fifa, football’s world governing body, was dogged by accusations of widespread corruption.

Fifa’s ethics committee launched an investigation which saw both men banned from the game and forced to leave their positions.

The Swiss case centres on a request for payment for advisory work Platini did for the then-Fifa president Blatter, 86, between 1998 and 2002.

Prosecutors said Platini, 66, demanded the payment “over eight years after the termination of his advisory activity”.

“With Blatter’s involvement, Fifa made a payment to Platini in said amount at the beginning of 2011,” prosecutors previously said.

Blatter and Platini are charged with fraud, embezzlement, “unfaithful business management” and forgery of documents.

The trial will start on 8 June.

Writing by Muzha Kucha