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Blatter’s (FIFA) “right-hand man” Valcke sought multi-million pound pay-off before suspension

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Blatter’s (FIFA) “right-hand man” Valcke sought multi-million pound pay-off before suspension

Post by Admin on Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:26 am

By Daniel Etchells for Inside the Games, Sep 19, 2015

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was unsuccessful in his attempts to secure a multi-million pound pay-off before his suspension, it has been alleged.

Valcke was placed on indefinite leave earlier this week following accusations he was involved in a scheme to sell World Cup tickets for above their face value, and faces a formal investigation by FIFA's Ethics Committee.

E-mails and documents were released which suggested that Valcke knew tickets were being sold by Swiss firm JB Sports Marketing AG for up to five times their worth.

The Frenchman, who is President Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man and is tasked with the day-to-day running of world football’s governing body, has dismissed the allegations as fabricated and outrageous.

It has now been claimed that Valcke, who has three years left on his contract, wanted to be paid out in full for the remainder of his deal.

FIFA has been engulfed by claims of widespread corruption since May, when several officials were arrested on the eve of its Congress in Zurich.

Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives have been indicted in the United States and charged with offences including money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud.

“The reputational damage to FIFA continues,” Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who is standing in next February's FIFA Presidential election, said in a statement.

“Surely it is time for a new generation with new ideas to take over.

“The old regime should step aside now, so a new team can effect a complete reform of the organisation to reflect the change that the national associations and fans of the game around the world are calling for.”....


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