Suspended Secretary General Jérôme Valcke has been sacked by World football’s governing body, FIFA.
Valcke, 55, was provisionally suspended from football for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.
A statement 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. The duties of the secretary general will continue to be assumed by the acting secretary general, Dr Markus Kattner.”
FIFA’s ethics committee opened formal proceedings last week against Valcke, after its investigators recommended a nine-year ban over accusations of corruption involving the sale of 2014 World Cup tickets on the black market.
The Frenchman has also been accused of playing a part to a potential £6.8million ($10million) bribe paid to Jack Warner, the former head of the North and Central America football governing body Concacaf, in return for his vote and backing to South Africa’s successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
This is the second time that Jérôme Valcke has been sacked by FIFA