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FIFA trial: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini cleared of corruption

FIFA trial: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini cleared of corruption

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Swiss judges found ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter and French football legend Michel Platini not guilty of corruption charges on Friday.  “My fight is a fight against injustice. I won a first game,” said Platini on his acquittal. Prosecutors acquitted Blatter on charges of unlawfully funneling 2 million Swiss francs ($2.06 million) of FIFA funds to Platini, a former France national team captain and manager in 2011. Blatter headed FIFA for 17 years. Platini hoped to be his successor. The prosecution sought a suspended sentence of one year and eight months for both men. Platini would have also been fined for the original payment plus taxes.  Both were banned initially banned from soccer for eight years over the alleged impropriety, but the ...

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