Sunday 18 March 2018

Sepp Blatter and two former FIFA officials 'enriched themselves' by over €70m in five years

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Former Fifa officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves pay rises and World Cup bonuses totalling 80 million US dollars (€70 million) over five years, according to lawyers for the football organisation.

Fifa said the contracted payments appear to break Swiss law, and evidence will be given to American and Swiss federal prosecutors who are investigating corruption implicating the world football body.

Fifa revealed details of the contracts of former president Mr Blatter, fired former secretary general Mr Valcke and fired finance director Mr Kattner one day after Swiss police raided Fifa to seize evidence.

The raid included searches in the office of Mr Kattner, who was fired last week.

Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber opened criminal proceedings against Mr Blatter last September, and against Mr Valcke in March.

Both are suspected of criminal mismanagement of Fifa money.

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