FIFA to sue Blatter, Platini over €1.8m
FIFA to sue Blatter, Platini over €1.8m
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FIFA to sue Blatter, Platini over €1.8m

FIFA is preparing to sue former president Sepp Blatter and the former Uefa president Michel Platini in an attempt to recover €1.8m.

Both figures were banned from football in 2015 for eight years over the payment but the money has not been repaid to the association.

The money was paid to Platini's bank account on 18 January 2011.

FIFA's governance committee unanimously approved the advice to reclaim the money as a matter of urgency, plus an additional resolution for FIFA to demand interest on the payment and additional disciplinary fines and costs.

Their ban was reduced on appeal to six and four years respectively.

According to Irish Time, both men had said the payment was made under an oral agreement, outside the terms of a written contract, from Platini’s time working for FIFA, which had ended nine years earlier in 2002.

That explanation was rejected by FIFA’s ethics committee, which considered it had no basis in contract and was an illicit “gift” or “undue payment” according to the ethics code.