Platini denies foul play in connection with Fifa payments

Uefa president Michel Platini has denied any foul play in connection with the payments he received from Fifa for consultancy work that have led to him being questioned by authorities.

The former France star was employed by the world football governing body between 1998-2002, but only received two million Swiss Francs from the organisation in 2011, leading to many questioning the length of the delay.

Some critics believe the 60-year-old may have played a key role in Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup, given the announcement they would be hosting the tournament was made just three months before Platini’s final payment.

But Platini – who plans to run to take over from Sepp Blatter as Fifa president in February – has denied he is guilty of any wrongdoing in a letter sent to Uefa Member Associations on Monday.

“I wish to clarify that for the period 1998 to 2002 I was employed by Fifa to work on a wide range of matters relating to football,” it read.

“It was a full-time job and my functions were known by all. The remuneration was agreed at the time and after initial payments were made, the final outstanding amount of two million Swiss Francs was paid in February of 2011.

“This income has all been fully declared by me to the authorities, in accordance with Swiss law.

“I was interviewed by the Swiss authorities about this matter last Friday, not as a person accused of any wrongdoing, but simply in my capacity as a person providing information.

“Furthermore, I have, today, written to the Ethics Committee of Fifa to request that I may come forward and provide whatever additional information may be needed in order to clear this matter up.

“I am aware these events may harm my image and my reputation and by consequence, the image of Uefa, the organisation of which I am proud to be President.

“For these reasons, I wish to use all my energies to ensure that any issues or misunderstandings can be resolved as soon as possible.”

Platini’s statement came just moments after Fifa president Sepp Blatter denied he was guilty of anything illegal after he too was questioned regarding possible corruption within the organisation.