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Ex-FIFA Boss Blatter and His Heir Apparent Platini Cleared of Wrongdoing in Swiss Trial

  • Blatter, Platini acquitted of criminal charges by top court
  • ‘The truth has come to light,’ Platini said in statement
Michel Platini, left, and Sepp Blatter arrive at Federal Criminal Court, in Bellinzona, Switzerland, on July 8.
Michel Platini, left, and Sepp Blatter arrive at Federal Criminal Court, in Bellinzona, Switzerland, on July 8.Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
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Sepp Blatter, the man who ran global soccer’s governing body for 17 years before being ejected amid scandal, was acquitted of criminal charges by Switzerland’s top criminal court.

The ex-FIFA president and his former heir apparent, Michel Platini, were found not guilty of fraud, embezzlement and forgery over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.1 million) that was made to Platini years after he stopped working as a consultant to the World Cup organizer.