Nearly two months after being suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee, UEFA president Michel Platini has suddenly produced a new document in attempt to clear his name amid corruption allegations.
The 60-year-old executive says he has new evidence that proves his actions were clean. According to Platini’s lawyers, the document is a 23-page agenda from a FIFA meeting in 1998 with an addendum that mentions Platini’s role as an advisor, along with the note of a salary.
Platini was provisionally suspended for 90 days from his post after allegations that he took a $2 million bribe in connection with voting for the 2010 World Cup. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was also suspended amid the controversy. Both Blatter and Platini have stated the payment was for advisory work Platini did for FIFA dating back to 1998, although the payment was not made until 2011.
“Contrary to the thesis on which the case is built, this document demonstrates that Platini’s contract with FIFA was not kept secret, and that many people within UEFA and FIFA were aware of it since 1998,” Platini’s lawyer Thibaud d’Ales said.
“For us, it’s very important evidence that Mr Platini has always been telling the truth,” another Platini lawyer Thomas Clay told Reuters.
Both Platini and Blatter will have hearings in front of the ethics committee, led by judge Joachim Eckert.