FIFA Raided for Evidence in Corruption Investigation: Latest Details, Reaction

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  A FIFA logo seen near the headquarter Home of FIFA ahead of tomorrow's Extraordinary FIFA Congress to elect a new FIFA President at Hallenstadion on February 25, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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The bonuses paid to former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner have been revealed amid the latest raid on football's governing body by the Swiss attorney general, with the trio awarding themselves £56 million between 2010 and 2015.

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The Times' Martyn Ziegler broke the news, with World Cup and performance bonuses handed to former president Blatter, secretary general Valcke and finance officer Kattner under scrutiny.

Further, Ziegler reported former chairman of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee Domenico Scala and Issa Hayatou, who served as acting president before Gianni Infantino's election, will also be investigated after the pair gave the green light for the bonuses to be awarded to Valcke and Kattner after 2013.

Per sportingintelligence—which revealed bonuses awarded as far back as 2007, bringing the total to over £62 millionBlatter received £8.4 million in 2011 regarding the 2014 World Cup, while on June 10, 2014, Valcke collected £7.7 million and Kattner £3.15 million for the 2018 tournament.

According to the Associated Press, "the contracted payments appear to break Swiss law, and evidence will be given to American and Swiss federal prosecutors" investigating corruption in FIFA.

Per AP, Bill Burck of American law firm Quinn Emanuel, which is retained by FIFA, said: "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 totaling more than 79 million Swiss francsin just the last five years."

In a statement, FIFA said it "will refer the matter of these contracts and payments to the Ethics Committee for its review."

Blatter and Valcke have been banned from football for six and 12 years, respectively, and both are facing criminal charges after Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber opened proceedings against them—charges they deny.

Meanwhile, Kattner was fired on May 23, but "no additional criminal proceedings have been opened against" him.


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