Switzerland: FIFA dismisses secretary general Valcke

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The world football governing body, FIFA, has sacked its secretary general, Jérôme Valcke.

A statement on the website of FIFA on Wednesday said: "The FIFA Emergency Committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jérôme Valcke from the position of FIFA Secretary General with immediate effect. Jérôme Valcke is therefore no longer the Secretary General of FIFA.

"The employment relationship between FIFA and Jérôme Valcke has also been terminated.

"Jérôme Valcke was provisionally released from his duties as Secretary General on 17 September 2015, and on 7 January 2016, formal adjudicatory proceedings were opened against him by the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert. The provisional suspension imposed on Jérôme Valcke on 8 October 2015 and extended on 6 January 2016 continues to be valid.

"The duties of the Secretary General will continue to be assumed by the Acting Secretary General, Dr Markus Kattner."

A statement on FIFA.com on 5 January said the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee of FIFA, the world football governing body, Dr Cornel Borbély, has requested an extension of the suspension of Valcke from all football-related activities for a further 45 days.

In his final report, Dr Borbély recommended imposing a sanction of a nine-year ban and a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs on Mr Valcke for alleged violation of the 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.

Valcke, 55, was allegedly implicated in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.

He has denied any wrongdoing.
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13 january 2016 12:02:26




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