Michel Platini defends FIFA payment under investigation

ZURICH (AP) UEFA President Michel Platini says a payment to him being looked into by Swiss authorities was for work carried out under contract at FIFA.

Platini was questioned as a witness Friday about taking a ”disloyal payment” of 2 million Swiss francs (now $2.04 million) of FIFA money in February 2011 for work performed between 1999 and 2002.

Platini says in a statement that ”regarding the payment that was made to me, I wish to state that this amount relates to work which I carried out under a contract with FIFA and I was pleased to have been able to clarify all matters relating to this with the authorities.”

Platini added: ”I have always been open to supporting the relevant bodies and authorities in their investigative work and therefore cooperated fully.”