FIFA’s Counsel Reports Former Leaders Awarded Retroactive Bonuses as Auditor Resigns and Former Independent Counsel Calls for Intervention by Governments and International Organizations

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Bruce Zagaris
 On June 3, 2016, as FIFA continued to consider reforms, a report from Quinn Emanuel, hired by FIFA in the wake of the arrests of FIFA executives last year after the indictment by a U.S. grand jury, revealed that three former FIFA officials – its longtime president Sepp Blatter, and his former deputies Jérome Valcke and Markus Kattner – arranged over $80 million in retroactive raises and guarantees. On June 13, KPMG Switzerland, which has audited FIFA since 1999, announced its resignation.  Extradition proceedings in Trinidad & Tobago against former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner continue.  Meanwhile, Mark Pieth, whom FIFA hired in 2011 to consider reform of FIFA, called for intervention into FIFA’s governance and operation by national governments and international organizations.