A raid was carried out at the offices of the French Football Federation in Paris on Tuesday, after the Swiss attorney general made a request for legal assistance in the case against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
The French Financial Prosecution Office carried out the search in line with the request, and seized documents in connection with a suspected payment of CHF2 million ($2 million) that has been the subject of allegations against Blatter. The Swiss attorney general was present during the search.
Criminal proceedings in Switzerland against Blatter opened in September 2015, after a series of scandals and allegations of corruption hit the Zurich-based football world governing body.
Blatter and former UEFA president, Michel Platini were suspended from all football-related activities by FIFA’s ethics committee in December of last year. The eight-year suspension, which was recently reduced to six-years after an appeal, had to do with the suspicious CHF2 million payment that Blatter made to Platini in 2011 – nine years after Platini had finished working as an advisor to FIFA. The payment is said to have been made for work completed in 2002 by Platini.
Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.