Fifa scandal: Markus Kattner sacked over financial wrongdoing

Fifa scandal: Markus Kattner sacked over financial wrongdoing

Fifa scandal: Markus Kattner sacked over financial wrongdoing

Written by Staff Writer

24 May, 2016 | 10:49 am

Fifa’s deputy secretary general has been sacked with immediate effect after being accused of paying himself bonuses worth millions of dollars.

World football’s embattled governing body said Markus Kattner, who had been acting secretary general since his predecessor Jerome Valcke was suspended and then banned from football for 12 years, had been dismissed immediately.

The 45-year-old German took over as acting general secretary after Jerome Valcke was sacked for irregularities.

In a statement World governing body Fifa said an investigation “uncovered breaches of fiduciary responsibilities”.

Mr. Kattner joined FIFA in 2003 as its finance director, having previously worked for business-consulting firm McKinsey & Co. in Switzerland. He became deputy secretary-general in 2007 and rose to deputy secretary-general following the dismissal of secretary-general Jerome Valcke last year. His salary and bonuses were part of a contract that was unseen by relevant Fifa committees.

It is unclear who else, if anyone, was aware of the alleged payments to Mr. Kattner, but the person said that there was no evidence that any other director-level current FIFA employees were involved.

FIFA undertook its internal investigation nearly a year ago, following the disclosure of parallel U.S. and Swiss investigations into allegations of massive corruption by top soccer officials over the course of two decades totaling more than $100 million.

 

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