Zurich - Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his chief lieutenants
were under fresh investigation on Friday over alleged illicit salaries
and bonuses totalling $80 million, FIFA's ethics committee said.
scandal-plagued ruling body said in June that Blatter, Jerome Valcke
and Markus Kattner had skimmed off the eight-figure sum in "a
coordinated effort" to "enrich themselves" between 2011 and 2015.
says it has passed on details to the Swiss police, who along with US
authorities are pursuing dozens of former football bosses over
widespread corruption at the highest levels of the game.
statement, the investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee
announced it had now opened "formal proceedings" against the three men,
who it suspects of bribery, conflict of interest and corruption.
the most powerful man in football, Blatter is already serving a
six-year ban from football over ethics violations relating to a suspect
$2 million payment he authorised in 2011 to former UEFA boss Michel
Valcke was banned for 12 years, reduced to 10 on appeal,
over misconduct regarding television deals and 2014 World Cup ticket
Kattner, who briefly succeeded Valcke as Blatter's
right-hand man, was fired in May over "breaches" involving millions of
"Under the FIFA code of ethics, the investigatory chamber
shall examine all circumstances of the cases equally," Friday's
"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, 80, who is fighting to overturn his ban from football, declined to make comment about the latest case against him.
However, people close to the disgraced Blatter and Kattner say both men strongly deny the allegations.
and Platini were the most prominent casualties during more than a year
of unprecedented scandal that upended world football, but many others
Prosecutors in New York have indicted at least 40
football and sports marketing executives over allegedly receiving tens
of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
The Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which typically has the final word in major
sport disputes, is expected to deliver a verdict in Blatter's appeal
Blatter has said that he will respect the verdict.
Separately, former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has been banned from all football-related activities for life, FIFA said.
was found guilty of charges including conflicts of interest and bribery
and corruption. He was also fined $1.02
Webb, who had been close to Blatter, was among those
arrested in a dawn raid at a Zurich luxury hotel in May last year by
Swiss police acting on a US warrant.