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FIFA judges extend Valcke suspension by 45 days

06 January 2016, 16:28

Zurich - FIFA ethics judges agreed Wednesday to extend secretary general Jerome Valcke's temporary suspension for 45 more days, after investigators urged them to take more time to weigh corruption allegations against the organisation's former second-in-command.

"The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert has decided to extend the suspension of Mr Jerome Valcke by 45 days," it said in a statement.

"The extension of the suspension starts from today," it added.

Valcke's initial suspension began in mid-September and officially expired at midnight.

The investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee had called for the extension on Tuesday, requesting more time for evaluating the evidence against Valcke.

Ultimately, they said, they want to see the suspended secretary general banned from football for nine years.

The investigators also called for the 55-year-old Frenchman to pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($99,000, 92,000 euros).

Also read: Valcke denies 'fabricated' allegations

Valcke's suspension followed allegations of involvement in a ticketing scam, in which he was accused of selling Brazil World Cup tickets on the black market at above their face value.

He had previously been accused of being party to a potential $10-million (9.25-million-euros) bribe paid to former head of the North and Central America football governing body CONCACAF, Jack Warner.

Even if the adjudicatory chamber had not extended his suspension, he would not have been able to return to work as he has also been banned indefinitely by FIFA's management, a penalty that is separate from the ethics committee suspension.

Valcke's lawyer on Tuesday blasted the FIFA investigators, insisting that his client "did absolutely nothing wrong as any independent and fair review of the facts would establish."

"The Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee has chosen to ignore Jerome Valcke's exemplary conduct and extraordinary contributions during his long tenure as Secretary General," Barry Berke added in a statement.

He insisted that the demand for a nine-year-ban was "nothing more than a self-serving public relations effort to wrongly attack Mr. Valcke in a desperate attempt to try to prove that FIFA can police itself."

Valcke's potential downfall is only the latest in world football, hit by an unprecedented series of scandals that have sparked demand for major reform across the globe.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, 79, and UEFA chief Michel Platini, 60, who until recently had been expected to take the helm of FIFA, were last month banned from football for eight years, although they could still appeal the sanction.

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