FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, president Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man, has been “released from his duties,” FIFA announced Thursday.
Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo reported earlier Thursday that Valcke is accused of scalping tickets to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, selling 11,000 tickets for up to four times their face value.
In a statement, FIFA said it had “been made aware of a series of allegations involving [Valcke] and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee.”
Valcke was heavily implicating the FIFA corruption scandal that came to light this summer. The New York Times reported in June that Valcke was the FIFA official who wired $10 million to disgraced CONCACAF president Jack Warner as payment from the South African World Cup committee in exchange for votes for the country’s bid to host the tournament. FIFA denied it was Valcke who wired the money, insisting instead that it was a man who died in July 2014.
Valcke said in July that he expected to leave FIFA once Blatter’s successor is elected in late February.
- Dan Gartland