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FIFA Fires Secretary General Jerome Valcke

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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