FIFA Officials Allegedly Paid Themselves Bonuses Of $80 Million

A former FIFA president and two of his colleagues gave themselves $80 million in bonuses and raises over the last five years they were active in the association.

Although the ever-popular FIFA World Cup sporting event does not occur until 2018, the FIFA organization is still in the news today.

Sepp Blatter, former FIFA president, and two of his colleagues, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner, took it upon themselves to give each other raises and bonuses totaling in $80 million from their time with the association from 2011-2015, according to CNN.

The personal compensation payout from the top officials broke the law in Sweden, but it is still undetermined whether any other laws were broken due to the payments.

If the former FIFA members were found guilty in the case, the FIFA organization themselves would be required to pay fines and fees for the sneaky and greedy behavior.

Even though Blatter has yet to comment on giving himself more money, his legal representative, Richard Cullen, spoke about the issue on Blatter’s behalf.

“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," Cullen said.

The sporting officials have yet to be charged with criminal activity since the case is still being held under close investigation.

"It is clear that the preliminary findings indicate that the payments and contracts warrant considerable further investigation,” FIFA said in a statement.

It’s unfortunate that these officials, who clearly have an amazing job to even work under the FIFA organization and are richer than most people, have become greedy and want more money for their own selfish reasons. 

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