Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his ex-UEFA counterpart Michel Platini were charged with fraud in Switzerland.
It follows a six-year investigation right into a fee of 2 million Swiss francs from FIFA to Platini.
Blatter, 85, and French soccer legend Platini, 65, may just now face an ordeal inside months.
“This fee broken FIFA’s belongings and unlawfully enriched Platini,” Swiss federal prosecutors stated in a observation.
In January 2011, Platini wrote to FIFA asking to be paid backdated further wage for running as a presidential adviser in Blatter’s first time period from 1998 to 2002.
Blatter authorized FIFA to make the fee inside weeks.
He and Platini have lengthy denied wrongdoing and stated that they had verbally agreed for the cash to be paid greater than two decades in the past.
Along with being charged with fraud, Blatter has been charged with mismanagement, misappropriation of FIFA finances and forgery of a report.
Platini has been charged with fraud, misappropriation, forgery and as an associate to Blatter’s alleged mismanagement.
Prosecutors opened legal lawsuits towards Blatter in September 2015.
Platini was once positioned underneath formal investigation remaining 12 months and months later the more severe allegation of fraud was once incorporated towards each males.
Swiss instances can take years to achieve a conclusion.