Blatter and Platini cleared of corruption charges in Swiss trial
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and France footballing legend Michel Platini were both cleared of corruption charges by a Swiss court on Friday.
Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, was cleared of fraud by the Federal Criminal Court in the southern city of Bellinzona.
Platini, a former France national team captain and manager, was also acquitted of fraud.
The two, once among the most powerful figures in global soccer, had denied the charges against them. On Friday they joked and shook hands before the judgment and looked relieved as the verdict was read out.
Platini described his joy after the acquittal, saying the allegations had turned him from a legend of world soccer to a "devil".
"I want to express my happiness for all my loved ones that justice has finally been done after seven years of lies and manipulation," Platini said in a statement.
"The truth has come to light during this trial," he added. "I kept saying it: my fight is a fight against injustice. I won a first game."