FIFA pay panel meets next week to set Infantino's salary

AP , Thursday 25 Aug 2016

FIFA President Gianni Infantino (Reuters)

After six months of working without a contract, FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to get a pay deal.

FIFA said Thursday that its newly appointed compensation panel will meet next week to work on setting the salary for Infantino and other top officials.

Infantino has worked without a pay deal since being elected on Feb. 26 to head world soccer's governing body, and described an offer of $2 million without bonuses as insulting.

Last year, then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter got a $3 million basic salary in a contract which also paid him tens of millions more in World Cup and long-service bonuses.

Infantino's pay dispute increased tension between him and then-FIFA audit committee chairman Domenico Scala, who resigned in protest in May.

FIFA said the compensation panel chaired by Scala's replacement, Slovenian state auditor Tomaz Vesel, will meet Wednesday.

The panel includes FIFA finance committee chairman Issa Hayatou and a newly appointed third member. FIFA says that is German lawyer Peter Braun, a partner in the Frankfurt office of international law firm Dentons.

The panel must also agree annual pay for FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura. Scala had previously decided that the CEO-like post should get a higher salary than the president.

Payments to FIFA Council members, who currently get a basic annual stipend of $300,000, must also be approved by the compensation panel.

Blatter's pay was a long-held secret by FIFA until it was finally revealed in March after he left office.

Infantino has pledged to announce all details of his earnings as part of modernizing and anti-corruption reforms agreed by FIFA in February.

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