FIFA reveals former president Sepp Blatter’s salary
FIFA revealed former president Sepp Blatter’s salary for the first time on Thursday, announcing he was paid $3.76 million in 2015, according to the Associated Press.
The financial report was made public for the first time in accordance with the reform package passed by FIFA ahead of the election of new president Gianni Infantino.
The report also showed FIFA spent $61.5 million in legal expenses as it dealt with the corruption scandal that has enveloped world soccer’s governing body. FIFA also registered $122 million in losses because of “unforeseen costs due to the extraordinary circumstances that occurred.”
Amid the corruption scandal, Blatter was banned from FIFA for eight years, a suspension that was reduced to six years on appeal. He had served as the organization’s president for 17 years.
The report also disclosed that secretary general Jerome Valcke was paid $2.2 million in 2015. Valcke was banned from world soccer for 12 years amid allegations he sold World Cup tickets for above face value. Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Valcke on Thursday.