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French Football Federation HQ searched as part of Blatter investigation

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French Football Federation HQ searched as part of Blatter investigation

<p>The Headquarters of the French Football Federation were searched by French authorities on Tuesday in connection with Switzerland’s criminal investigation into former <span class="caps">FIFA</span> boss Sepp Blatter.</p> <p>According to Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General (<span class="caps">OAG</span>) documents seized in the search were connected to the suspected payment of 1.8 million euros made to Michel Platini in 2011 by <span class="caps">FIFA</span> and Blatter for work done almost a decade earlier.</p> <p>Both Blatter and Platini have since been suspended for six years from all football related activity and both deny any wrong doing.</p> <p>Head of communications of the <span class="caps">OAG</span>, Andre Marty said: “For us it is of importance to understand much better the background of this presumed illegal payment and that is why quite a substantial amount of documents and information have been seized yesterday in Paris at the offices of the French Football Association.”</p> <p>Elsewhere in the troubled world of <span class="caps">FIFA</span> – a Florida-based sports marketing consultant Miguel Trujillo has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on four counts including conspiracy to commit money laundering and wire fraud.</p> <p>He is one of 41 people and entities charged as part of the corruption investigation into <span class="caps">FIFA</span>.</p>