Le Monde report this evening that disgraced former UEFA President Michel Platini has been cleared of any wrongdoing by Swiss courts for his alleged involvement in a supposed €1.8m bribe payment made by ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter to the Frenchman in February 2011.
The payment was officially declared as having been made to Platini “under the pretext of remuneration as a special advisor between 1998 and 2002,” to Sepp Blatter.
Criminal proceedings were opened in September 2015, specifically against Blatter over the intentions behind this payment and other allegations of corruption, but Platini was a person of interest in the case.
Cédric Remund, public prosecutor of the Swiss Confederation (MPC), has confirmed that Platini will not be charged in this affair.
This ruling essentially invalidates Platini’s 4-year FIFA ban, which was implemented against the Frenchman specifically because of this payment. It remains to be seen whether or not the FIFA ban against Platini will repealed.