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10/20/2015 15:23 EDT | Updated 10/20/2016 01:12 EDT

FIFA audit chief: Blatter authorizing pay to Platini without contract 'conflict of interest'

ZURICH — FIFA's audit chief has told The Associated Press that Sepp Blatter's decision to authorize a payment to Michel Platini without a written contract is a "classic conflict of interest."

Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, told the AP that FIFA president Blatter could be culpable of "falsification" of accounts over the 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs (about $2 million) to Platini.

UEFA president Platini said the money was owed from his job as an adviser to Blatter between 1998 and 2002.

Scala says "if it is true what they are saying, that they had an oral agreement ... to defer the payment, that payment should have been recorded in the accounts in 2002 and subsequent years. It has not."

Rob Harris, The Associated Press