Soccer-Blatter, Platini cleared of fraud in Swiss trial

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By John Revill BELLINZONA, Switzerland (Reuters) -Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and France footballing legend Michel Platini were both cleared of corruption charges by a Swiss court on Friday after a seven-year investigation during which they were booted out of the sport. A judge said the pair’s account of a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ for FIFA to pay Platini 2 million Swiss francs ($2.05 million) for consulting work was credible, and serious doubts existed about the prosecution’s allegation it was a fraudulent payment. As a result Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, was cleared of fraud by t…

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