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Published: 15:26 | 12/2/16

12-year ban for Valcke


Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has been banned from all football-related activity for 12 years.

Valcke had been provisionally suspended after he was alleged that he colluded to sell 2014 World Cup tickets above face value, while he has also been accused of facilitating a $10million payment from the South African FA to an account controlled by the disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.

During the course of its investigation, FIFA uncovered other acts of potential misconduct, including abuse of travel expenses, the sale of TV and other media rights and the destruction of evidence.

"Among other things, the adjudicatory chamber found that a sports marketing firm had gained an undue advantage from the selling of World Cup tickets. In this respect, not only did Mr Valcke do nothing to stop these activities, he even encouraged the persons responsible to do so. Furthermore, Mr Valcke repeatedly encouraged them to breach an agreement concluded between FIFA and the sports marketing firm," a statement read.

“Moreover, by travelling at FIFA’s expense purely for sightseeing reasons as well as repeatedly choosing private flights for his trips over commercial flights without any business rationale for doing so, Mr Valcke gained an advantage for himself and relatives. In doing so, Mr Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA, while his private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties as the secretary general of FIFA.

“Concerning the issue of TV and media rights for the Caribbean, it was found that Mr Valcke attempted to grant the TV and media rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups to a third party for a fee far below their actual market value and had taken concrete preparatory action in this regard.

“Furthermore, it was found that Mr Valcke deliberately tried to obstruct the ongoing proceedings against him by attempting to delete or deleting several files and folders relevant to the investigation, despite being aware of his duty to preserve all data and to collaborate in order to establish the facts of the case.” Valcke was in addition fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£71,000).

In December, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini were banned from football for eight years following a £1.35million 'disloyal payment'.


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