FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke reportedly sought a major payoff and legal protections in exchange for stepping down from his job.
Bloomberg reports Valcke pushed the governing body for multiple millions of dollars and assurances he would not be pursued for damages as a trade for quitting. He told FIFA officials he wanted millions more than his contract stipulated in addition to the legal indemnities.
FIFA balked at the demands and Valcke was “released from his duties” by FIFA on Thursday. 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.”
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.
Valcke was heavily implicated in 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 outgoing president Sepp Blatter’s successor is elected in late February. He has been secretary general since 2007 and served as Blatter's right-hand man.
- Jeremy Woo