World Governing body for football, FIFA has filed a lawsuit against its two former officials – ex-President Joseph Blatter and his deputy Michel Platini – for recovery of € 1.56 million.
FIFA has confirmed that claims have been filed in the relevant Swiss courts against former FIFA President Blatter and former FIFA Vice-President Platini, seeking restitution of the amount unduly paid to Mr. Platini back in February 2011.
This follows the unanimous resolution recently adopted by the FIFA Governance Committee in which it emphasized that FIFA was duty-bound to try to recover the funds illicitly paid by one former official to another. Even the Swiss Federal Supreme Court has confirmed that this CHF 2 million gift was to be viewed as an “undue payment”, FIFA has stated in a media release.
If and when successfully recovered, these funds (together with interest) will be fully channeled back into football development, which is where the money should have gone in the first place.
Blatter and Platini were both banned from football in 2015 over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs made to the Frenchman by FIFA with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work he had done a decade earlier.
Platini, the head of European football body UEFA from 2007 to 2015, was originally banned from all football-related activities for eight years, though the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) later reduced the suspension to four years. His ban ended this year.
Blatter’s ban was reduced from eight years to six.