Former FIFA exec Jerome Valcke under criminal investigation

Thursday March 17th, 2016

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke is under criminal investigation in Switzerland, Swiss prosecutors announced Thursday.

Valcke worked closely with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter until he was fired in January amid a widespread corruption scandal. Valcke was let go from the organization after allegations that he sold World Cup tickets over their face value.

He was subsequently banned from international soccer for 12 years.

“As part of the ongoing series of cases relating to FIFA, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) is conducting criminal proceedings against the former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement,” the Swiss attorney general’s office said in a statement to the AFP.

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While Blatter resigned and Valcke was fired, numerous other FIFA executives were arrested last year by the U.S. Department of Justice on various charges. FIFA elected its new president, Gianni Infantino, in February.

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