Sepp Blatter revealed that he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with Michel Platini for the payment of 2 million euros, which he made to the president of UEFA in 2011.
The 79-year-old FIFA president is facing a criminal investigation into the payment, made nine years after Michel Platini, 60, did consulting work for the Swiss.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini deny any wrongdoing.
“It was a contract I had with Michel Platini, a gentleman’s agreement that was followed.” Sepp Blatter told Swiss television RROTV.
FIFA has imposed a 90-day suspension on Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini while claims of payment corruption are being investigated.
Former international captain and coach of France Michel Platini says the money is an unpaid extra salary due from the time he was an adviser to Sepp Blatter between 1998 and 2002.
Following a UEFA meeting on October 15, the Football Association (FA) stopped supporting its candidacy for Michel Platini to become FIFA president “until the legal process is over and the position is clear”.
UEFA issued a statement saying Micehl Platini should be given the opportunity to “clear his name” and called on the FIFA Ethics Committee to complete its investigation by mid-November.
FIFA’s presidential election is scheduled for February 26, 2016.
FIFA, meanwhile, said it would investigate “very serious allegations” that Germany’s organizing committee had paid 6.7m euros for the 2006 World Cup.
The offer, led by former World Cup captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer, killed South African favorites during the July 2000 vote to win the tournament’s hosting rights in 2006.
FIFA said the allegations would be dealt with “as part of an independent internal investigation currently being conducted by FIFA under the direction of its legal director with the assistance of an external lawyer”.
The German Football Association is also investigating the payment, saying it found no indication of wrongdoing in the entire bidding process, but that the payment “may not have been used as intended.”