translated from Spanish: FIFA suspended its former finance director for 10 years

FIFA suspended former Financial Director Markus Kattner for 10 years for being complicit in former President Joseph Blatter and other senior executives to raise salaries and share million-dollar bonuses. The world football’s mother-of-war team reported Tuesday that its ethics commission found Kattner, a 49-year-old German, guilty of abuse of position and conflicts of interest. He was directed to obtain the recording of a FIFA Council meeting from which he had been excluded. Kattner was also punished with a fine of one million Swiss francs ($1.050 billion), which he must pay within 30 days.» With its conduct, FIFA’s integrity and objectivity was extremely violated,» FIFA ethics judges said in their ruling. Kattner served 13 years in charge of FIFA finances, during Blatter’s presidency. When he was fired by the new FIFA hierarchies in 2016, it was revealed that Blatter, former Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Kattner himself approved bonuses for the World Cup and other paid millionaires. FIFA lawyers described four years ago «a coordinated management of three senior FIFA officials to enrich themselves.» At the time, a Kattner spokesman said the contracts were approved by FIFA’s compensation panel and that this was the knowledge of auditorsWhen Blatter and Valcke were suspended from office in 2015, Kattner was left as FIFA’s interim general secretary, a position he held for three additional years following the election of current President Gianni Infantino.No rulings on Blatter or Valcke were announced on Tuesday. Both are purging suspensions of six and 10 years, respectively, and at the same time are investigated by Swiss justice.



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