Finally, FIFA sacks Valcke as Secretary General

Jerome Valcke

Jerome Valcke

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Jerome Valcke
Jerome Valcke

Embattled Secretary General of world football governing body, FIFA, Jérôme Valcke has finally been sacked.

The Frenchman was already serving a ban from football for his alleged involvement in a World Cup ticketing scandal.

FIFA’s Ethics Committee opened “formal adjudicatory proceedings” formally opened proceedings against Valcke last week after its investigators recommended a nine-year ban against him for a breach of a number of Fifa’s ethics code.

Valcke is also facing a fine of 100,000 Swiss franc (£68,000), but he continues to deny any wrongdoing.

FIFA said in a press statement Wednesday that “the FIFA Emergency Committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jérôme Valcke from the position of FIFA Secretary General with immediate effect. Jérôme Valcke is therefore no longer the Secretary General of FIFA.

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“The employment relationship between FIFA and Jérôme Valcke has also been terminated.

Jérôme Valcke was provisionally released from his duties as Secretary General on 17 September 2015, and on 7 January 2016, formal adjudicatory proceedings were opened against him by the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert.

The provisional suspension imposed on Jérôme Valcke on 8 October 2015 and extended on 6 January 2016 continues to be valid.

The duties of the Secretary General will continue to be assumed by the acting Secretary General, Dr Markus Kattner.”

Valcke was originally suspended for 90 days on September 17, but that suspension was extended for an extra 45 days earlier this month.