FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General Markus Kattner has been dismissed from his position with immediate effective .
FIFA’s internal investigation uncovered breaches of his fiduciary responsibilities in connection with his employment contract. FIFA had said it would not comment further on the issue but will continue its cooperation with the relevant authorities.
But according to a source close to an internal FIFA investigation, there was enough evidence to prove there was a breach of his responsibilities and to take action against Kattner.”We are talking about significant sums of money, millions of dollars,” the source added, saying the money came from bonuses under a contract whose terms were kept secret from FIFA audit committees.
Kattner had been acting general secretary after previous general secretary Jerome Valcke was also dismissed for irregularities and has also been FIFA’s longstanding financial director.
The world football governing body had earlier in the month appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura its new secretary general. The 51-year old Nigerian-based Senegalese emerged as FIFA’s first female secretary general, to succeed former secretary general Jerome Valcke, who has been banned from football related activity for 12 years.
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, who announced Samoura’s appointment during FIFA’s congress in Mexico City, said Samoura will resume work at football’s governing body in June. He expressed confidence in her human resources ability which he believes will bring a fresh wind to the football governing body.
Samoura began her UN career as a senior logistics officer with the World Food Programme in Rome in 1995 and has since served as country representative or director in six African countries, including Nigeria. She speaks four languages (French, English, Spanish and Italian), and has no previous experience in sports but will have to undergo an eligibility check before her role is finally ratified.
Meanwhile, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has sent in a congratulatory message to former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo on his Centenary Game slated for Friday in the Garden City. The letter, which was personally signed by Infantino and addressed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, reads:
“Many thanks for your letter dated 17 May 2016 and informing us of the testimonial match in honour of former international player and Nigeria Captain Joseph Yobo. On this occasion, allow me to congratulate and send my best wishes to Joseph Yobo for his future activities.”