French federation searched over Blatter

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French authorities have searched the Paris offices of the French Football Federation in connection with Switzerland’s criminal investigation into ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

According to Switzerland’s office of the attorney general: “Documents were seized in connection with the suspected payment of 2m Swiss francs (£700,000).”

It said the search was carried out at Switzerland’s request.

The criminal investigation into Blatter began in September.

It also suspected the 79-year-old Swiss, who was president from 1998 to 2015, of making a payment that was “disloyal” to Fifa.

That payment was the 2 million Swiss francs he authorised to Uefa president Michel Platini in 2011, reportedly for consulting work the Frenchman carried out a decade earlier.

Blatter said at the time there was nothing untoward about the payment.

More to follow.

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