FIFA opens bribery case against former president Sepp Blatter and others

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a news conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is now facing a bribery case. The FIFA ethics committee said Friday Sept. 9, 2016 it opened formal proceedings against Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and former finance director Markus Kattner over million-dollar payments in their contracts — some of which were approved by other senior FIFA officials. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

ZURICH (AP) – The FIFA ethics committee says it has opened a formal bribery case against former president Sepp Blatter and two others over million-dollar bonuses in their contracts.

FIFA revealed in June, after finance director Markus Kattner was fired, that he, Blatter and Jerome Valcke agreed to pay themselves bonuses worth tens of millions of dollars.

Ethics prosecutors say their investigation relates to bribery and corruption, accepting gifts and conflicts of interest.

The case involves “salaries and bonuses paid to Mr. Blatter, Mr. Valcke and Mr. Kattner as well as other provisions included in the contracts of these three individuals.”

Blatter and Valcke, FIFA’s former secretary general, are already serving ethics bans and face criminal proceedings by Swiss federal prosecutors.


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