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Uefa's Platini admits payment without contract

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini in June 2015.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini in June 2015. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZER

Suspended Uefa chief Michel Platini has admitted he had no written contract for a 2 million Swiss franc (1.8 million euro) payment from Fifa president Sepp Blatter in 2011.

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The news comes as his chances of replacing Blatter as head of football's world governing body plummet, ahead of a key Fifa council meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

In an interview with French daily newspaper Le Monde, Platini said he and Blatter had agreed "man to man" to a fee of 1 million Swiss francs per year for his work.

Fifa is based in Zurich and is subject to Swiss law - and Platini argued that under Swiss law "an oral contract is worth a written contract". 

The former France captain had been seen as favourite to take the helm of Fifa, until he was named in a Swiss criminal investigation into Blatter's management of the organisation.

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