Yohann Tritz (special envoy to Bellinzona), edited by Solène Leroux
10:35 a.m., June 09, 2022
Another day of trial for Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter, in the suspicious payment case that shattered their careers in 2015. Their two hearings are eagerly awaited after Thursday’s defeats: all defense requests were rejected by the judge criminal. The prosecution begins this new day with a point lead.
Second day of the trial of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini in Switzerland. It is finally this Thursday that the former leader of Fifa testifies. He was due to speak on Wednesday, but at 86, he spoke of health concerns. Sepp Blatter therefore speaks again today, like Michel Platini, to explain why the former UEFA boss received nearly two million Swiss francs from Fifa. Sepp Blatter first, then Michel Platini in stride. These are two highly anticipated hearings after Thursday’s defeats: all defense requests were rejected by the criminal judge.
The prosecution, headed by Me Hohl-Chirazi, thus begins this new day with points in advance. “At this point, what I observe is that the Federal Criminal Court has rejected all the preliminary questions, both from Mr. Platini and from Mr. Blatter,” she said. The court “confirmed its jurisdiction to judge them, and recognized FIFA’s status as plaintiff”, she continued.
Olivier Thormann expected at the helm
Michel Platini does not admit defeat, however, and is patiently awaiting the next crucial days of the trial, as he said through his lawyer, Dominic Nellen: “There will be important witnesses in the coming days. Go see what they file. We await the court’s decision with a lot of positivity.”
A first witness is expected at the bar this Thursday, it is the magistrate Olivier Thormann. It was he who orchestrated the investigations against Sepp Blatter and Fifa at the time. He is suspected of being close to a former collaborator of the world football body. But above all, he now works at the Criminal Court of Bellinzona, Switzerland, the current place of the trial. The defense tried to challenge him, but to no avail.