Ex-FIFA executive Valcke to appeal bribery conviction

Jerome Valcke

Ex-FIFA executive Jerome Valcke to appeal bribery conviction

Former FIFA Secretary-General, Jerome Valcke, will appeal against his conviction for accepting bribes in a case involving World Cup media rights, his legal team said.

Valcke, 61, was on Friday found guilty by a Swiss appeals court of bribery and forging documents.

He was, however, acquitted of aggravated dishonest management as it handed him a suspended 11-month prison term and fine.

“Valcke did not harm FIFA and his full acquittal on the counts of mismanagement has, therefore, logically been confirmed.

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“Just as logically, the criminal justice system has now rejected FIFA’s civil claims,” his lawyers said by email.

It called the appellate court’s reversal of a lower court’s acquittal of Valcke in 2020 on corruption charges “a mistake and a fantasy.”

It said the contracts involved were favorable to FIFA and were approved at all levels of soccer’s world body.

The lawyers said they would take the case to Switzerland’s supreme court and the guilty verdict was thus not final.

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