Former UEFA President Michel Platini was questioned in the process of an unresolved million payment on Monday in Switzerland. In the course of the investigation into suspected corruption, the French public prosecutor Thomas Hildbrand stood in Bern for six hours to answer questions. According to the prosecutor, it was Platini’s last hearing.
The former world-class player was suspended in 2015 because of an undocumented payment of two million Swiss francs by the world football association FIFA led by then-President Joseph Blatter to Platini. The eight-year ban was later reduced to four years.
Blatter (85) should also have been asked about the matter this week, but cannot attend the appointment after recently serious health problems. Blatter and Platini, who will testify on Wednesday as a witness in another trial against current FIFA President Gianni Infantino, face up to five years in prison. “He is still very confident that this process will enable him to prove his integrity in this case,” said Platini’s spokesman on Monday.
In Switzerland, the extraordinary public prosecutor Stefan Keller is investigating, among others, Infantino and the former Swiss federal prosecutor Michael Lauber, there are allegations of breach of official secrecy and the aiding and abetting of it.
On the one hand, there are three secret meetings between Infantino and Lauber that have not been recorded. Infantino’s use of a private jet between Suriname and Switzerland is also being investigated.