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FIFA has announced that it has dismissed suspended general secretary Jerome Valcke with immediate effect.
Valcke is currently suspended from all football-related activities after he was alleged that he colluded to sell 2014 World Cup tickets above face value, while he also faces bribery allegations.
The Frenchman was suspended on October 8 for 90 days but last week that ban was extended by 45 days and FIFA has now confirmed that he will leave the organisation.
"The FIFA Emergency Committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jerme Valcke from the position of FIFA Secretary General with immediate effect. Jerome Valcke is therefore no longer the Secretary General of FIFA," a statement from FIFA read/
"The employment relationship between FIFA and Jerome Valcke has also been terminated.
"Jerome 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 Jerome 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."
As well as the claims that he was involved in a scheme to sell World Cup tickets above face value, Valcke jas allos 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.
He denies any wrongdoing, but FIFA has recommended that he should be banned for nine years.
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