Swiss Enlist France’s Help in Sepp Blatter Inquiry


A $2 million payment from Sepp Blatter, left, to Michel Platini has attracted the attention of Swiss authorities.

Patrick B. Kraemer/KEYSTONE, via Associated Press

Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General announced on Wednesday that it had enlisted the help of French authorities in its continuing criminal investigation of Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA, world soccer’s ruling body.

This week, the French police searched the headquarters of the French soccer association in Paris at the request of Swiss authorities.

The search was tied to a payment of roughly $2 million that Mr. Blatter made to Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body, in 2011 for work done years earlier. That payment, considered suspicious by authorities, is central to Switzerland’s current inquiry into Mr. Blatter; the investigation was announced in September and is exploring the possible misappropriation of FIFA funds.

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