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FIFA probes $100,000 transfer from Blatter to Russia’s ex-football chief — media

February 17, 21:21 UTC+3 BERLIN
A German daily says in 1998-2000 the RFU chief was about to become a FIFA Executive Committee member and received a bonus of $100,000 from Blatter however had no official post in FIFA at that time
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BERLIN, February 17. /TASS/. FIFA Ethics Committee launched an investigation into the legitimacy of $100,000 money transfer in late 1990s from suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter to then-President of the Russian Football Union Vyacheslav Koloskov, German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

According to the German daily, between 1998 and 2000 Koloskov was about to become a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and receive a bonus of $100,000, which he was eventually paid by Blatter although the Russian had no official post in FIFA at that time.

The daily also alleges that the sum could have been higher and amount to $125,000.

Blatter said he made the payment for consultation services provided by Koloskov at that time within the frames of the Goal Program, designed to help football development worldwide. The money transfer, however, was not agreed upon with the financial committee and other top executives of FIFA.

Last October, FIFA and UEFA presidents, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini respectively, were suspended from their posts as part of the investigation into corruption allegations against them. Among a number of corruption allegations, Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment of 2 million Swiss francs to UEFA President Platini in February 2011.

On December 21, the previously suspended officials were both banned for eight years by FIFA's Ethics Committee from all international football activities over allegedly illegal financial transfer from FIFA to Platini.

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