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Court of Arbitration upholds FIFA official's 10-year ban

  • 27 Jul 2018

Implicated in irregular World Cup ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expense abuses, Jerome Valcke was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA ethics committee.

The Court of Arbitration upheld a 10-year ban from football for the former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, seen here in a file picture speaking at a news conference in 2014 in Florianopolis, Brazil. ( AP )

Jerome Valcke's 10-year ban from football was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.

The secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA ethics committee.

His appeal was heard in October, and on Friday it was dismissed by CAS.

"The offenses found to have been committed by Jerome Valcke were cumulatively of a serious degree of gravity," CAS said in its statement, adding the ban and fine of $100,200 (100,000 Swiss francs)  "were wholly proportionate."

The former TV presenter from France was a FIFA marketing executive – being fired once before in 2006 – before becoming then-president Blatter's right-hand man the next year. He was fired a second time in January 2016 after being implicated in irregular World Cup ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expense abuses including personal use of private jets.

The FIFA ethics committee banned Valcke for 12 years, with an additional charge of destroying evidence. FIFA's appeal panel cut the ban by two years because it judged the broadcasting deal charge was not proven.

Valcke denied all wrongdoing.

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