<
>

Former UEFA president Michel Platini files criminal complaint against FIFA's Gianni Infantino

play
FIFA president suggests biennial World Cup could save refugees (1:36)

Gianni Infantino suggests his plan for a biennial World Cup could give more hope to people who risk their lives crossing the sea. (1:36)

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has filed a criminal complaint against FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

A statement on behalf of Platini, who during his time as president was Infantino's boss, was released Tuesday.

- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
- Don't have ESPN? Get instant access

Platini's lawyers said they filed the complaint in France alleging Infantino peddled influence and that Marco Villiger, FIFA's legal director until 2018, was complicit.

Platini asked French prosecutors to seek international cooperation to question Infantino, Villiger and four other men in Switzerland, including former attorney general Michael Lauber.

The criminal complaint was said to be filed on Nov. 17, two weeks after Platini was indicted in Switzerland along with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter on fraud charges. That case relates to a 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs (then $2 million) to Platini that led to both men being banned from soccer in 2015. Infantino was elected FIFA president weeks later.

The trial of Blatter and Platini at federal criminal court in Switzerland is expected this year.