The trail of scandal and corruption amongst FIFA’s ranks seems to be without end as Fifa lawyers revealed on Friday that three high-ranking former officials – Sepp Blatter, Jérôme Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves improper bonuses and pay rises worth 79m Swiss francs (£55m).
Law firm Quinn Emanuel have released figures relating to a series of bonuses, incentives and salary increases enjoyed by Blatter, ex-secretary general Valcke and Kattner, the former deputy secretary general who also served as FIFA’s chief financial officer.
“The evidence appears to reveal a coordinated effort by three former top officials of FIFA to enrich themselves through annual salary increases, World Cup bonuses and other incentives totalling more than CHF 79 million – in just the last five years,” said Bill Burck, a partner with Quinn Emanuel.
A statement from FIFA read: “It is clear that the preliminary findings indicate that the payments and contracts warrant considerable further investigation.
“FIFA has shared this information with the Office of the Swiss Attorney General [OAG] and it will brief the U.S. Department of Justice on the matters as well.
“This is consistent with FIFA’s commitment to cooperate with the authorities and FIFA’s policy of zero tolerance for wrongdoing. FIFA will also refer the matter of these contracts and payments to the FIFA Ethics Committee for its review.”
Both Blatter and Valcke were banned for six and 12 years respectively by the governing body’s ethics committee in February after being suspected of criminal mismanagement of Fifa money. However, both men deny any wrongdoing.
Kattner was dismissed last month as a result of an internal FIFA investigation that “uncovered breaches of fiduciary responsibilities”.