FIFA will try and claim back £1.5m ‘unduly’ paid by Sepp Blatter to Michel Platini

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FIFA will try and claim back £1.5m ‘unduly paid’ by disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter to then UEFA chief Michel Platini in 2011

  • FIFA’s Governance Committee voted unanimously to try and reclaim the money 
  • They judged Blatter had ‘unduly’ paid the 2m Swiss francs to Platini in 2011
  • Platini has maintained money was for work done for FIFA from 1998 until 2002
  • Both men were given lengthy bans from football over the illicit ‘gift’

FIFA has been told to take legal action to claw back the two million Swiss francs that was ‘unduly’ paid by Sepp Blatter to Michel Platini in 2011, following a review by its Governance Committee.

In a letter to the Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, the chairman of the committee said there was unanimous approval for the £1.54m payment to be recovered through civil proceedings against the disgraced men, who were previously the two most powerful figures in world football.

They ruled that ‘this money must now be reclaimed by FIFA’, in addition to the fines imposed and associated costs. 

FIFA will attempt to claw back a two million Swiss franc payment made by Sepp Blatter (left) to Michel Platini (right) from 2011 after judging it was 'unduly' paid

FIFA will attempt to claw back a two million Swiss franc payment made by Sepp Blatter (left) to Michel Platini (right) from 2011 after judging it was ‘unduly’ paid

It is understood that FIFA took this step now because the statute of limitations means that they only had until the end of this year to file a claim for the money.

The letter from the committee chairman Mukul Mudgal to Alasdair Bell, Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, said: ‘We kindly inform you that the Governance Committee unanimously approved the enclosed resolution, recommending that FIFA administration take the necessary steps before the relevant authorities in Switzerland against both Mr Blatter and Mr Platini with a view to ensuring that the CHF 2 million unduly paid by Mr. Blatter to Mr. Platini is returned to FIFA (together with interest, at the appropriate rate) and the disciplinary fines and costs imposed are recovered.’

In 2015 an investigation found that there was ‘no basis in contract’ for the payment from the then FIFA president Blatter to then UEFA president Platini and it was ‘to be considered as an illicit ‘gift’ or ‘undue payment”. 

Platini, who was UEFA president between 2007 and 2015, alongside Blatter, FIFA president from 1998 until 2015, at the Euro 2012 final in Warsaw

Platini, who was UEFA president between 2007 and 2015, alongside Blatter, FIFA president from 1998 until 2015, at the Euro 2012 final in Warsaw

Platini has served a four-year ban, which ended in October of this year, but has always insisted the money was for work done for FIFA between 1998 and 2002. Blatter is still serving a six-year ban.

The full written resolution says: ‘On November 25, 2019, the FIFA Governance Committee fully considered the cases and decided to adopt by circulation the following Resolution.

‘In relation to the ‘undue payment’ of CHF 2 million which was authorized by Mr Blatter on 18 January 2011 and received by Mr Platini on 1 February 2011, the FIFA Governance Committee considers that this money must now be reclaimed by FIFA following the relevant court procedures. 

There was unanimous approval from FIFA's Governance Committee for the 'undue payment' to be recovered through the courts

There was unanimous approval from FIFA’s Governance Committee for the ‘undue payment’ to be recovered through the courts

‘The same applies to the fines imposed and the costs contribution granted by the Tribunal federal, both ordered but not paid until today.

‘The FIFA Governance Committee underlines that this ‘undue payment’ from Mr Blatter to Mr Platini had, and has, no basis in law, and that this fact has been consistently and repeatedly established in various courts and tribunals, up to the level of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.’ 

 

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