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Fifa launch fresh investigation into Sepp Blatter

The investigation will look at possible bribery and corruption. Credit: Reuters

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter is facing another corruption investigation after the ethics committee of world football's governing body announced it was opening proceedings against him and key lieutenants Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner.

The committee's investigatory chamber will investigate possible violations of Fifa's rulebook that relate to bribery, conflicts of interest and general conduct, while Kattner faces a further charge related to a breach of confidentiality.

The case is understood to be based on the huge salaries and bonuses the three men allegedly paid themselves at Fifa, and the alleged leaking of information about new Fifa president Gianni Infantino to the media.

A Fifa statement said:

The deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, Djimbaraye Bourngar, has opened formal proceedings against Joseph Blatter, former president of Fifa, Jerome Valcke, former secretary general of Fifa, and Markus Kattner, former acting secretary general and director of finance & corporate services.

The investigatory chamber will investigate possible violations of art. 13 (general rules of conduct), art. 15 (loyalty), art. 19 (conflicts of interest), art. 20 (offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 21 (bribery and corruption) of the Fifa code of ethics in the context of salaries and bonuses paid to Mr Blatter, Mr Valcke and Mr Kattner, as well as other provisions included in the contracts of these three individuals.

– Fifa statement