FIFA fires Jerome Valcke

FIFA fires Jerome Valcke
January 13 13:37 2016

World football’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has finally dismissed its secretary general, Jerome Valcke.

According to BBC, the Frenchman, 55, was banned from football for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.

He was provisionally suspended on September 17 after being accused of a series of FIFA ethics code breaches.

Appointed in 2007, the former right-hand man of FIFA president Sepp Blatter has denied in involvement in any scandal.

“The duties of the secretary general will continue to be assumed by the acting secretary general, Dr Markus Kattner,” FIFA said in a statement.

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 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.

FIFA’s ethics committee has already recommended that Valcke should be banned from all footballing activities for nine years.