FIFA investigator suggests 9-year ban for secretary general Jerome Valcke

Tuesday January 5th, 2016

An investigation into alleged corruption by suspended FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke by FIFA’s ethics committee has concluded and a nine-year ban has been recommended against him, FIFA announced Tuesday.

Dr. Cornel Borbely, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, has given his report on Valcke’s activites to the adjudicatory chamber, which will make a formal decision on the punishment. 

Borbely also recommended that Valcke pay a fine of just under $100,000 and be suspended from all FIFA activities for 90 days immediately. His 45-day suspension, which was handed down on Oct. 7, 2015, ends Tuesday.

Valcke is alleged to have violated general rules of conduct, loyalty, confidentiality, duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting, conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits and general obligation to collaborate. 

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michael Platini have both already been suspended for eight years by FIFA.

The FIFA corruption crisis came to a crux in May 2015, when Swiss police arrested nine FIFA officials in connection to indictments on money laundering and racketeering charges filed in the United States. 

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