FIFA executive fired for paying himself millions

FIFA executive fired for paying himself millions

The discovery of a secret bonus scheme that directly paid a FIFA executive millions has led the beleaguered organisation to fire Markus Kattner, acting General Secretary, with immediate effect.

The payments became widely known following a probe by US law firm Quinn Emmanuel, who are currently making their way through masses of documents.  

Sources close to the investigation told The Guardian that, between 2008 and 2014, bonus payments that totalled millions were paid in an arrangement that was privy to a small group of people.

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Jérôme Valcke, Kattner’s predecessor, were both aware of the secret transactions, insiders told The Guardian.  

Despite counter-claims to the contrary, the insiders maintain that only a select band of executives knew of Kattner’s fraud.

Fifa said in a statement that an internal investigation had “uncovered breaches of fiduciary responsibilities in connection with his employment.”

Amongst the recent scandal that has dogged the firm since Blatter resigned last year, Kattner has frequently appeared in front of the media to discuss planned reforms, saying in February: “The goal is to be considered a modern trusted and professional sports organisation by 2018.”

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