In a judgment of March 10, 2021, after a case lasting almost five years, the Zurich Labour Court held that the 2016 dismissal of Markus Kattner, former FIFA Acting Secretary General, was justified and appropriate.
The Court determined that, given the breaches of loyalty committed by this former employee, it would have been inconceivable to allow him to continue working at FIFA. Consequently, his dismissal without notice was fully justified.
Mr Kattner initially claimed over CHF 10 million from FIFA as “compensation” for alleged wrongful termination. This claim was based on an employment contract signed with him by the previous FIFA administration on May 31, 2015 (four days after the arrests of numerous football officials at the Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich). That claim was rejected in full by the Court.
The decision of the Zurich Labour Court is subject to appeal.