World Football governing Body, FIFA has fired its secretary general, Jerome Valcke, after ethics charges were brought against him over World Cup ticket sales.
The Frenchman, 55, who was a right-hand man of Fifa president Sepp Blatter was already banned from football for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.
Last week, FIFA’s ethics committee opened formal proceedings against Valcke, announcing it recommended a nine-year ban for the Frenchman on charges of conflict of interest and giving or receiving gifts.
However, FIFA released a statement on Wednesday, January 13th dismissing Jérôme Valcke from the position of FIFA Secretary General.
The statement reads: “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.
“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 appointed in 2007, and had been suspended since September after allegations that he was central to a ticket touting operation at the 2014 World Cup.