Thursday, 23 September, 2021

Ex-FIFA boss Blatter arrives for payment probe hearing

Ex-FIFA boss Blatter arrives for payment probe hearing

Sepp Blatter, the former world football chief, arrived on Monday for final hearings with a Swiss prosecutor in a fraud probe surrounding a 2011 FIFA payment to Michel Platini.

Former FIFA president Blatter, 85, is being investigated over a two million Swiss franc ($2.2 million, 1.85 million euro) payment to Platini, who was then in charge of European football's governing body UEFA. "This morning, Mr. Blatter went for his hearing at the federal prosecutor's office in Zurich," Blatter's spokesman Thomas Renggli told AFP.

The final hearing in the investigation was postponed to August due to the retired Swiss football administrator's poor health.

In March, he was convalescing in a clinic after spending two months in hospital in December and January.

Due to Blatter's condition, the hearing with a federal prosecutor from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland can only last for around 90 minutes.