Zurich - Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his former
chief lieutenants were under investigation Friday over illicit bonuses
totalling $80 million (71mn euros), FIFA's ethics committee said.
Football's ruling body claimed in June that Blatter, Jerome
Valcke and Markus Kattner had skimmed off the eight-figure sum in salaries and
bonuses in "a coordinated effort" to "enrich themselves"
It says it has passed on its finding to the Swiss police.
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In a statement, the investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics
committee announced it had opened "formal proceedings" against the
three men who it suspects of "conflict of interest and corruption".
Blatter is serving a six-year ban from football over ethics
violations relating to a suspect $2 million he authorised in 2011 to former
UEFA boss Michel Platini.
Valcke was himself banned for 12 years, reduced to 10 on
appeal, over misconduct regarding television deals and 2014 World Cup ticket
Kattner, who briefly succeeded Valacke as Blatter's
righthand man, was fired in May over 'breaches' involving millions of dollars.For
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