Former FIFA chief financial officer Markus Kattner of Germany has received a 10-year suspension from all football-related activities.
After former president Sepp Blatter and his ex-right arm Jérôme Valcke, both dismissed for several years, it is the turn of former FIFA financial director, German Markus Kattner, to be pinched for having received very substantial bonuses.
The suspension, together with a heavy fine of one million Swiss francs, pronounced by the FIFA ethics committee, follows an investigation by the same internal justice of the body, opened in September 2016, for suspicions of “conflict of interest” and “corruption”. This investigation also targets Mr. Blatter as well as Jérôme Valcke, long secretary general of the authority.
The three men are accused of having shared bonuses and bonuses up to $ 80 million between 2011 and 2015. Markus Kattner is accused of having received substantial bonuses, however apparently provided in additives to his contract but whose terms were kept secret within Fifa and that only a few people in the proceedings would have known and authorized.
In 2016, Sepp Blatter had defended the German, claiming to have “never met a more honest man” than Markus Kattner. Kattner, 49, who joined FIFA in 2003, was sacked in May 2016 after an internal investigation uncovered breaches of his fiduciary responsibilities related to his duties (then acting deputy secretary general). He had challenged his dismissal before the Swiss courts.
Sepp Blatter and Jérôme Valcke, who could in turn be punished as part of this investigation, are already suspended from all duties within Fifa and in the world of football. The now 84-year-old ex-president, forced to resign following the Fifagate scandal, continues (until December 2021) to serve an 8-year suspension, then reduced to 6 years, for a controversial payment, without written record of 2 million francs to Michel Platini, who had also earned the Frenchman a 4-year suspension.
A former journalist for the French channel Canal +, Mr. Valcke is serving a 10-year suspension, confirmed in July 2018 by the Sports Arbitral Tribunal. This specialist in TV rights, was implicated in a case of resale of tickets for the World Cup-2014 and accused of also using private jet travel paid by FIFA for personal purposes.