It has been revealed that the disgraced former head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter is still receiving his salary despite earning an eight-year ban from football activity last month for ethical violations.
According to the exclusive report by Reuters, it has been confirmed that ex-FIFA president Blatter is still getting his presidential salary whilst being suspended, as confirmed by a spokesman for FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee.
Although the 79-year-old was originally banned from the sport for 90 days, before being given his current ban from the sport for allegedly making unethical payments to UEFA Chief Michel Platini in 2011 for approximately £1.35 million, he will still be paid in full until a new president is appointed on February 26, according to Andreas Bantel.
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"Until the election of a new president on February 26, Mr Blatter is the elected president and therefore - according to his contract - is entitled to receive his remuneration," Bantel said.
As Blatter will be continuously paid until a new president is whisked in, it will mean he would have been paid for five months without carrying out his day-to-day duties. FIFA has installed African football head Issa Hayatou as acting president in the meantime, but both salaries were being kept secret.
To make matters worse for the disgraced FIFA organisation, a ruling by a compensation sub-committee within FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee ruled that it could stop any potential bonuses Blatter could receive, but due to the nature of his contract, they couldn't prevent his salary from being paid.
FIFA is facing a massive challenge to restore faith in the world's football governing body after they were rocked by the worst corruption scandal in its history, with 41 individuals charged with corruption-related offences in the United States.
Just last week, Jerome Valcke was fired from his position as general secretary, which was believed to be following an investigation into allegations of corruption related to the sale of World Cup tickets.
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