Port Louis - FIFA President Sepp Blatter's salary remained a secret on Wednesday
while the money-spinning world football body still backed its reform
process and insisted it was becoming more financially transparent.
day after FIFA said a debate over restricting the age and number of
terms of officials would be put off until at least next year, the
earnings of its leaders were also still off limits ahead of the annual
congress in Mauritius on Thursday and Friday.
Domenico Scala, a
Swiss industrialist brought in to be FIFA's top financial watchdog and
lead its new audit and compliance committee, said he knew how much money
Blatter made but would not reveal it.
"It is not my role to
disclose it," Scala said at a beachside hotel on the Indian Ocean
island. "The decision to disclose salaries is part of the process we
have ... and part of the role of the FIFA executive committee. You will
definitely not get the salary from me. You will have to get the salary
Blatter has reportedly referred questions over his
earnings and bonuses to Scala, and hinted in the past that it was just
over $1 million. It's believed to be much more than that.
public earnings of top FIFA officials - especially the decision-making
executive committee - was one of the recommendations of law professor
Mark Pieth's expert panel after those advisers were brought in by FIFA
after recent scandals involving corruption and financial misconduct.
said "key management personnel" shared $33.5 million in bonuses and
perks in 2012, and Pieth's reformers have pushed for more openness over
remuneration of top figures as one of three key reforms that won't now
be adopted at the annual congress in Mauritius.
described as "horrible" an ethics report from CONCACAF into alleged
long-running corruption by United States official Chuck Blazer and
disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago.
doesn't say anything positive," he added. "Whatever Jack Warner and
Chuck Blazer are saying to me now is worthless because they have
obviously over an extended period of time abused the system."
a former secretary general of CONCACAF and FIFA's most senior American
official for years before he left his position on the executive this
month, has been temporarily banned from all football amid accusations he
embezzled at least $21 million.
Warner resigned in 2011 after being
accused - by whistle-blower Blazer - of trying to bribe people to vote
for another disgraced official, Mohamed bin Hammam, in that year's
leadership contest against Blatter.
Yet with its stories of
high-powered corruption, FIFA, which has an annual income of over $1
billion, is still listed as a nonprofit organization, leading critics to
insist the earnings and any bonuses of its executive and directors
should be made public.
Scala, who has been praised for his work in
reforming some of FIFA's financial processes in the past year, said
reality dictated that FIFA was less comparable to other nonprofits.
"It is an association, I agree, but it has an economic reality," Scala said. "We are talking about billions. You know that."
well as remuneration transparency, FIFA also hasn't apparently made any
progress on calls for independent advisers to be allowed to sit on its
executive committee, while limiting the age and number of terms for top
officials was effectively dropped from the congress agenda on Tuesday by
the executive committee, which said the limits would be debated again
In comparison, the IOC has age and term limits and its
president, Jacques Rogge, doesn't draw a salary.
absence of those three principles at world football's ruling body, FIFA
and Scala say some of the work since the troubled 2011 congress and
World Cup hosting votes should be praised, especially the strengthening
of FIFA's own ethics committee. Scala said FIFA needed time to change.
be fair to the process, you will not start on Friday and on Monday
everything will be fixed. It's an illusion, it's a dream. It will take
two to three years."
As part of his reforming and monitoring of
how FIFA's member associations spend their annual $250 000 grants, Scala
also said seven countries have this week had funds stopped or are being
investigated over their spending. He would not name the countries.