June 3, 2016 8:17 am
Updated: June 3, 2016 9:13 am

FIFA says top officials, including Sepp Blatter, awarded themselves $80M over 5 years

In this June 1, 2011 file photo, Sepp Blatter adjusts his headphones during a press conference after the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.

AP Photo/Michael Probst

ZURICH – FIFA lawyers say former top officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves pay rises and World Cup bonuses totalling $80 million over 5 years.

FIFA says the contracted payments appear to break Swiss law, and evidence will be given to American and Swiss federal prosecutors who are investigating corruption implicating the world soccer body.

FIFA revealed details of the contracts of its former president Blatter, fired former secretary general Valcke and fired finance director Kattner one day after Swiss police raided FIFA to seize evidence.

The raid included searches in the office of Kattner who was fired last week.

Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber opened criminal proceedings against Blatter last September, and against Valcke in March.

Both are suspected of criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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