(FILES) This file photo taken on August 22, 2015 shows then outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter answering to a press conference during the "Sepp Blatter Tournament" in Ulrichen, Blatter's hometown. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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French authorities have seized documents from the the country's football federation in connection with the Swiss criminal investigation targeting former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, Switzerland said Wednesday.The search was conducted Tuesday -- two days before Blatter's 80th birthday -- with Swiss officials present while French investigators searched the French Football Federation (FFF) headquarters.Switzerland opened an investigation against Blatter, a Swiss citizen, in September for alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as FIFA's president.It also suspects Blatter of making a payment that was "disloyal" to FIFA.Doubts surrounding that payment led FIFA to ban both Blatter and Platini from football for six years.
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