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FIFA: Blatter, other former officials awarded themselves bonuses totaling US$80m

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 11:31 AM
In this file photo dated July 20, 2015, fake banknotes are symbolically thrown by British comedian Simon Brodkin, at former FIFA president Sepp Blatter during a media conference following the extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee at the headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):
FIFA has revealed that disgraced former officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves raises and World Cup bonuses totaling US$80 million over their last five years in office.

Some of 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 soccer body, lawyers for FIFA said Friday.

"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 francs – in just the last five years," said Bill Burck of Quinn Emanuel, the US law firm retained by FIFA during its corruption crisis.

PHOTO: In this Friday, December 19, 2014 file photo former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke (left) leave a press conference in Marrakech, Morocco. - AP

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

Blatter got a 12 million Swiss francs (US$12 million) bonus after the successful 2014 World Cup in Brazil and would have been due another 12 million Swiss francs for completing his 2015-19 presidential term, the contracts reveal.

PHOTO: In this file photo FIFA's Markus Kattner, listens during a conference in Moscow on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. - AP

The secretly agreed bonuses were significantly more than Blatter's base salary – 3 million Swiss francs (US$3 million) in 2015 – which FIFA published in March.

Valcke got a $2 million basic salary before being fired, but was awarded a $10 million World Cup bonus for 2014 and was due US$11 million from the 2018 tournament in Russia.

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

"Documents and electronic data were seized and will now be examined to determine their relevance to the ongoing proceedings," the Swiss federal prosecution office said Friday.