This file photo taken on July 20, 2015 shows then FIFA president Sepp Blatter gesturing during a press conference at the football's world body headquarter's in Zurich. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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Sepp Blatter turned 80 Thursday, with a party planned at a luxury hotel in Zurich, as Switzerland's criminal investigation into his FIFA presidency looked set to intensify.The French search followed a request from Switzerland's top prosecutor who is probing Blatter over criminal mismanagement at FIFA and the possibly "disloyal" payment he made to Platini, the suspended president of European football.Blatter worked as a journalist and for the Swiss ice hockey league before joining FIFA in 1975 as the organization's development director, when it had roughly a dozen employees and worked out of small building in Zurich.Last month, a FIFA appeals upheld an earlier verdict that found Blatter guilty of ethics violations in connection with the Platini payment, but reduced his ban from eight years to six.
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