Blatter says payments to him were "clean and fair"

Blatter says payments to him were "clean and fair"
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Published June 5th, 2016 - 04:17 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Joseph Blatter
Joseph Blatter

Banned former FIFA president Joseph Blatter has denied claims he enriched himself over the last five years at football's governing body.

"Everything is clean and fair as my lawyer, Richard Cullen, has said," Blatter told dpa Saturday.

His comments follow an internal investigation at FIFA which said Blatter and two other former FIFA top officials enriched themselves by more than 79 million Swiss francs (80 million dollars) in the last five years.

Blatter's US lawyer Cullen had said later Friday: "We look forward to showing FIFA that Mr Blatter's compensation payments were proper, fair and in line with the heads of major professional sports leagues around the world."

In the latest developments to rock FIFA, its lawyers said Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and former finance director Markus Kattner made "a coordinated effort...to enrich themselves through annual salary increases, World Cup bonuses and other incentives."

Blatter and Valcke were banned for six and 12 years respectively by FIFA's ethics committee in February. Both deny wrongdoing.

Kattner was last month dismissed as FIFA's deputy secretary for "breaches of his fiduciary responsibilities in connection with his employment."

© 2016 dpa GmbH

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