FIFA extends secretary general Jerome Valcke’s ban 45 days

Wednesday January 6th, 2016

The FIFA ethics committee has extended secretary general Jerome Valcke’s ban for an additional 45 days, the Associated Press reports.

Valcke’s original 45-day suspension ended Tuesday. The ethics committee opted to extend the ban as it awaits a decision from the adjudicatory chamber of the committee on the recommendation of banning Valcke from FIFA for nine years.

The ethics committee announced the recommendation on Tuesday, and FIFA’s ethics judges are expected to hear the case this month. The committee has also recommended Valcke pay a fine of $100,000.

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Valcke is alleged to have violated FIFA’s general rules of conduct, offering and accepting gifts, loyalty and confidentiality, among other ethics violations. The former television and marketing executive has been accused of attempting to profit from a black market ticket deal for the 2014 World Cup.

Valcke has served as secretary general under president Sepp Blatter since 2007. Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini have been sentenced to eight-year bans.

- Erin Flynn

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