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Blatter says payments to Platini were legitimate

GENEVA: FIFA President Sepp Blatter told Swiss investigators that a two-million Swiss franc payment to UEFA boss Michel Platini was legitimate, despite a claim from prosecutors that the payment was "disloyal" to FIFA, Blatter's lawyer said Monday."On the Platini matter, President Blatter on Friday shared with the Swiss authorities the fact that Mr. Platini had a valuable employment relationship with FIFA serving as an advisor to the president beginning in 1998," Blatter's lawyer Richard Cullen said in a statement. "He explained to the prosecutors that the payments were valid compensation and nothing more and were properly accounted for within FIFA."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015