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 By Mark Rodden

French Football Federation not targeted by Swiss officials - Le Graet

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has stressed that Swiss authorities who took evidence from the organisation's headquarters on Wednesday do not suspect it of any wrongdoing.

Swiss officials made their move on the FFF's offices with the consent of the governing body and the assistance of French judicial authorities as part of their criminal investigation into former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Blatter is being investigated over a two million Swiss francs (£1.35m) transfer made by FIFA to then-UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011. Both men claim an oral contract covered the payment, which they say was made for work Platini carried out as an advisor to Blatter nine years previously.

The FFF said on Wednesday that the information made available concerned "documents related to collaborative arrangements between Michel Platini and FIFA during the period of 1998 and 2002."

Le Graet has offered further detail to L'Equipe, confirming to the newspaper that the FFF had made an office in central Paris available to Platini and two of his colleagues in 1999. At the time, Platini had just started work as an advisor to Blatter.

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FFF president Noel Le Graet has shed more light on the Swiss authorities' raid.

"The searches carried out in our premises related to the relations between the FFF and FIFA with Michel Platini in the middle," Le Graet said.

"At that time, the FFF was paying for the rent of a building in which Platini and two other people were working, before being reimbursed by FIFA to the last cent.

"The investigators made photocopies of the documents in question and didn't take anything else. The FFF is not at all targeted in this case."

Blatter and Platini have been banned from all football activity for six years by FIFA's Ethics Committee as a result of the controversy over the payment. Both men are appealing the verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


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