Blatter’s lawyers have revealed that he has told staff at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association that he has done nothing illegal or improper.
The news comes via an email from Blatter’s personal lawyers Lorenz Erni of Switzerland and Richard Cullen of the United States, who have both defended the 79-year-old before on issues regarding payments made to the head of the UEFA football confederation.
Swiss prosecutors revealed on Friday that they were initiating the criminal investigation on the grounds of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. Meanwhile, authorities have already questioned the FIFA boss at the headquarters and seized data from his office.
What exactly are the prosecutors going after Blatter for? Supposedly an unauthorised and “disloyal payment” of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.94 million) made to UEFA’s Michel Platini in 2011 for his advisory work over a number of years.
Blatter went on to tell the Swiss authorities that as an adviser, Platini “had a valuable employment relationship with FIFA”, his lawyers revealed.
“He explained to the prosecutors that the payments were valid compensation and nothing more and were properly accounted for within FIFA including the withholding of social security contributions.”
Platini who was once a star of the French squad also came out to defend himself citing that he had not been accused of illegal practices and that the money was fully declared as required by Swiss law.