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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
FIFA Sacks Suspended Secretary General Jerome Valcke (Photo)
The escalating series of scandals and sackings that has plagued World football governing body FIFA has continued and the latest casualty is Frechman Jerome Valcke.
Jérôme Valcke, the suspended secretary general of FIFA and Sepp Blatter’s long-time associate, has been sacked with immediate effect.
The Frenchman, 55, is facing a nine-year ban after an ethics investigation considered several alleged offences, including being connected to the black-market sales of World Cup tickets but he denies the wrongdoing.
Fifa’s ethics committee has already recommended that Valcke should be banned from all footballing activities for nine years.
A statement from FIFA reads: “The duties of the secretary general will continue to be assumed by the acting secretary general, Dr Markus Kattner.”
FIFA’s ethics committee said on January 7 that it had decided to open “formal adjudicatory proceedings” against Valcke after studying a report submitted by its investigatory chamber.
Valcke has also been accused of being a party to a potential $10m (£6.8m) bribe paid to Jack Warner, the former head of the North and Central America football governing body Concacaf, in return for his vote and backing to South Africa’s successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
He joined the organisation in 2003 as director of marketing and TV, but was dismissed in 2006 over a scandal involving its long-time sponsorship partner Mastercard.
Blatter and vice-president Michel Platini were both suspended for eight years in December following a Fifa ethics investigation.