Fifa sacks secretary general Jerome Valcke amid alleged corruption over World Cup ticket sales
It is the second time the Frenchman has been fired by soccer’s world governing body and comes in the wake of his ban from all football duties in October
Fifa said on Wednesday that it had fired secretary general Jerome Valcke amid alleged corruption involving World Cup ticket sales, one of many scandals surrounding soccer’s governing body.
“The Fifa emergency committee decided, on January 9, 2016, to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of Fifa secretary general with immediate effect,” Zurich-based Fifa said, without giving a reason for the dismissal.
Valcke was once one of the most powerful men in Fifa and responsible for ensuring that preparations for the last two World Cups, in South Africa and Brazil, were completed in time.
An ethics investigation into the case recommended a nine-year ban for the Frenchman, former right-hand man to Fifa president Sepp Blatter who also has been banned for eight years.
Last week, Fifa’s ethics judges announced they had opened formal proceedings against Valcke, who has denied wrongdoing in the past.
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Valcke was placed on leave by Fifa in September following the allegations and initially suspended for 90 days in October when the ethics committee started its investigation. That suspension was extended for another 45 days last week and a ban from all soccer activities remains in effect.
The secretary general’s duties will continue to be carried out by acting secretary general Markus Kattner, Fifa said.
Valcke has now been sacked twice by Ffa. He joined the organisation in 2003 as marketing director, but was fired in December 2006 for his part in botched sponsorship negotiations with credit card firms MasterCard and Visa.
His case has been overshadowed by the turmoil that has engulfed Fifa in the last year, with criminal investigations into the sport in both the United States and Switzerland.
Altogether, 41 people and sports entities, including top Fifa officials, have been indicted by US prosecutors for offences including corruption, fraud and money laundering.