1 Oct 2015

Fifa and UEFA call off friendly

11:58 am on 1 October 2015

The troubled world and European football bodies FIFA and UEFA have cancelled their annual staff match.

UEFA boss Michel Platini

UEFA boss Michel Platini Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The friendly game had been scheduled to take place in Nyon, the home town of UEFA's president Michel Platini.

Earlier this week Swiss authorities said they were treating Platini as somewhere "between a witness and an accused person" in a probe that was widened last week to include Sepp Blatter.

FIFA's president is suspected of making a "disloyal payment" of two million Swiss francs to Platini in 2011 at FIFA's expense.

Both men have denied any wrongdoing and said the payment was legitimate compensation for work Platini undertook for FIFA.

"In a joint decision it was agreed to postpone the UEFA-FIFA challenge 2015, which had been scheduled for Friday, 2 October, until further notice," a FIFA spokesperson said.

- Reuters

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