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No respite for the former FIFA bosses despite the dawn of a new era under Gianni Infantino. Pictured: A FIFA sign is seen outside the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland December 17, 2015.Reuters

Former big shots at FIFA, including former president Sepp Blatter and former secretary-general Jerome Valcke, have been found guilty of pocketing over $80 million in five years, FIFA lawyers claimed on Friday. They made the observation after a raid was carried out by the Swiss investigators at the FIFA headquarters on Thursday.

Not only Blatter and Valcke but former FIFA Finance Director Markus Kattner was also involved in making "a coordinated effort" to "enrich themselves" between 2011 and 2015, stated a BBC report.

"Documents and electronic data were seized [from the FIFA HQ] and will now be examined to determine their relevance to the ongoing proceedings," said the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG).

Blatter is currently serving a six-year suspension from football after being found guilty of making a $2 million disloyal payment to former UEFA President Michel Platini. Valcke and Kattner, meanwhile, have been relieved of their duties by the FIFA over corruption.

Gianni Infantino, who succeeded Blatter in February this year, had stated that he was keen on stabilising the FIFA administration and make every effort to make the governing body of football clean, honest and transparent once again.

Will he succeed though? Only time will tell.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]

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