FIFA Suspend Secretary General Jerome Valcke Over Ticket Allegations
September 18, 2015
FIFA have suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke and relieved him from his duties ‘until further notice’ after allegations emerged that he was involved in a World Cup ticketing scandal.
Valcke is alleged to have been involved in the re-selling of World Cup tickets for above face value and to benefit from the profits.
World football’s governing body released a statement saying the secretary general has been placed on leave and will hand the case over to the ethics committee.
The statement read: “Fifa today announced that its secretary general Jérôme Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice.
“Further, Fifa has been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general and has requested a formal investigation by the Fifa ethics committee.”
Valcke, 54, has been FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s right hand man at the organisation since 2007. This latest news involving the Frenchman casts further scrutiny on FIFA and creates more negative coverage following the corruption scandal.
FIFA’s investigation will be led by Cornel Borbély, the head of the investigatory arm of the ethics committee.