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FIFA Seeks Nine Year Ban For Jerome Valcke


Zurich, Switzerland – Suspended FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke is facing a nine-year ban after FIFA Ethics Committee finished its probe into several alleged offenses including being connected to black market sales of World Cup tickets.

Valcke, 55, was suspended in September after allegations were made claiming he planned to benefit from black market World Cup ticket sales. His suspension is set to expired Tuesday and the organization has recommended an extension of 45 days to further conclude the investigation.

A statement from FIFA’s ethics committee said: “The chairman of the investigatory chamber recommended imposing a sanction of a nine-year ban and a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs on Mr Valcke for alleged violation of the general rules of conduct, loyalty, confidentiality, duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting, conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, and general obligation to collaborate.

“Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, Mr Valcke is presumed innocent.”

The Frenchman denies any wrongdoing.

Last month, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini were both banned for eight years by the ethics committee.

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