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At FIFA, things are only getting worse

Tom Fox | June 6, 2016

It seems like a great way to increase your salary: You simply award yourself and a couple of close friends some $80 million in bonuses, then spread the payments out over a few years. That way, if you ever leave the organization, you will have a cushion to rest on. Oh, one more thing, grant yourself a full indemnity and also say your secret agreement can never be abrogated. What's not to love?

This might sound fanciful, but in the world of FIFA as run by Sepp Blatter and his cronies, that is exactly what happened over the past five years or so. As reported in the Guardian, it turned out that  “The spectacular scale of greed at the top of FIFA was revealed on Friday when lawyers said that three high-ranking former officials––Sepp Blatter, Jérôme Valcke and Markus Kattner––had secretly given themselves pay rises and massive World Cup bonuses totalling 79m Swiss francs (£55m).” These bonuses began immediately after the conclusion of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa...

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