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FIFA Sacks Markus Kattner

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Markus Kattner

Zurich, Switzerland – FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General Markus Kattner has been dismissed from his position with immediate effect over allegations of financial conduct in breach with his contract.

Soccer’s governing body said in a brief statement that an internal investigation into Kattner uncovered breaches of his fiduciary responsibilities in connection with his employment contract.

“FIFA will not comment further on any of the details, but will continue its cooperation with the relevant authorities,” the statement added.

No further details were immediately available about the sacking.

Richard Conway of BBC Sports indicates that the sacking by FIFA is in relation to bonus payments he awarded himself, and is not connected to the payment made from FIFA to Michel Platini in 2011. His Salary and bonuses were part of a contract that was unseen by relevant oversight committees within FIFA, concludes Conway.

Kattner, 45, served as acting general secretary of FIFA from September through May 13. Kattner took over the duties formerly performed by FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke, who was suspended due to his suspected involvement in the FIFA corruption scandal.

The German-Swiss football administrator joined FIFA in 2003 as Director of Finance. In 2007 he became Deputy General Secretary.