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FIFA has formally opened a corruption case against former president Sepp Blatter, along with Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner.
The governing body’s ethics committee has started investigations over possible violations made by Blatter and his close allies Valcke (former secretary general) and Kattner (former acting secretary general and director of finance & corporate services). FIFA posted the following statement on their website on Friday.
“The deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Djimbaraye Bourngar, has opened formal proceedings against Joseph Blatter, former President of FIFA, Jérôme Valcke, former Secretary General of FIFA and Markus Kattner, former Acting Secretary General and Director of Finance & Corporate Services,” the statement read.
The investigatory chamber will investigate possible violations of art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) in the context of 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.
“Furthermore, the investigatory chamber will investigate a possible violation of art. 16 (Confidentiality) of the FCE by Mr Kattner.
“Under the FIFA Code of Ethics, the investigatory chamber shall examine all circumstances of the cases equally. For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the investigatory chamber will not publish further details at the present time.”
Blatter is currently serving a six-year ban after resigning from his post in 2015 amid the big FIFA corruption scandal.