FIFA bans former secretary general Jerome Valcke for 12 years

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FIFA bans former secretary general Jerome Valcke for 12 years
Friday February 12th, 2016

The FIFA independent ethics committee has banned former secretary general Jerome Valcke for 12 years from all football-related activity, world soccer’s governing body announced Friday.

The news comes after Valcke was dismissed from his post last month.

On Friday, Valcke was found guilty by the ethics committee for violating seven sections of FIFA’s code of ethics, relating to misconduct regarding World Cup ticket sales, abusing travel privileges and destroying evidence.

“Mr. Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA, while his private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties,” a FIFA statement said.

The 55-year-old has also been fined $102,500 for his actions.

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

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