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Blatter, Platini To Start Two-Week Trials Over Fraud Charges In Switzerland

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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, once the chiefs of world and European football, face trial on Wednesday over a suspected fraudulent payment that shook the sport and torpedoed their time at the top.

Former FIFA president Blatter, 86, and Platini, 66, start a two-week trial at Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona, following a mammoth investigation that began in 2015 and lasted six years.

The pair are being tried over a two million Swiss franc ($2.08 million) payment in 2011 to Platini, who was then in charge of European football's governing body UEFA.

They are accused of having, to the detriment of FIFA, illegally obtained the payment, plus social security contributions of 229,126 francs, in favour of Platini.

The former French football great "submitted to FIFA in 2011 an allegedly fictitious invoice for an (alleged) debt still existing for his activity as an adviser for FIFA in the years 1998 to 2002," according to the court.

The defendants are both accused of fraud and forgery of a document. Blatter is accused of misappropriation and criminal mismanagement, while Platini is accused of participating in those offences.

The indictment was filed by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG).

The trial will conclude on June 22, with the three judges delivering their verdict on July 8.

The defendants could face up to five years' imprisonment or a fine.

Both FIFA and UEFA are headquartered in Switzerland, in Zurich and Nyon respectively.

BLATTER'S BALLON D'OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Joseph "Sepp" Blatter joined FIFA in 1975, became its general secretary in 1981 and the president of world football's governing body in 1998.

He was forced to stand down in 2015 and was banned by FIFA for eight years, later reduced to six, over ethics breaches for authorising the payment to Platini, allegedly made in his own interests rather than FIFA's.

Platini is regarded among world football's greatest-ever players. He won the Ballon d'Or, considered the most prestigious individual award, three times -- in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Only Lionel Messi (seven) and Cristiano Ronaldo (five) have won more Ballons d'Or than Platini.

Platini was UEFA's president from January 2007 to December 2015.

Platini appealed against his initial eight-year suspension at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which reduced it to four years.

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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UEFA Nations League
No Teams P Pts
1 Denmark 4 9
2 Croatia 4 7
3 Austria 4 4
4 France 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Spain 4 8
2 Portugal 4 7
3 Czech Republic 4 4
4 Switzerland 4 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Hungary 4 10
2 Germany 4 6
3 Italy 4 5
4 England 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Netherlands 4 10
2 Belgium 4 7
3 Poland 4 4
4 Wales 4 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Ukraine 3 7
2 Scotland 3 6
3 Ireland 4 4
4 Armenia 4 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Israel 3 5
2 Iceland 4 3
3 Albania 3 1
4 Russia 0 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 8
2 Montenegro 5 7
3 Finland 4 4
4 Romania 5 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Norway 4 10
2 Serbia 4 7
3 Sweden 4 3
4 Slovenia 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Turkey 4 12
2 Luxembourg 5 7
3 Faroe Island 4 4
4 Lithuania 5 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Greece 4 12
2 Estonia 2 6
3 Kosovo 4 6
4 North Ireland 4 2
5 Cyprus 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Kazakhstan 4 10
2 Moldova 4 7
3 Slovakia 4 6
4 Azerbaijan 4 4
5 Belarus 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Georgia 4 10
2 North Macedonia 4 7
3 Bulgaria 4 3
4 Gibraltar 4 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Latvia 4 12
2 Andorra 4 4
3 Liechtenstein 4 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Malta 3 6
2 San Marino 3 0
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