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FIFA ethics investigators recommend nine-year ban for Valcke

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<p>Suspended <span class="caps">FIFA</span> Secretary General, Jerome Valcke is facing a nine-year ban from world soccer after recommendations made by <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’s Ethics Committee.</p> <p>Valcke is facing a nine-year ban following an investigation into his conduct by the organisation’s ethics committee.</p> <p>In a <a href="http://www.fifa.com/governance/news/y=2016/m=1/news=investigatory-chamber-of-the-ethics-committee-concludes-investigation--2753929.html">statement released by <span class="caps">FIFA</span> ethics committee</a>, the body said: ‘‘The chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbély, has concluded his investigation into the activities of the currently suspended <span class="caps">FIFA</span> Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke, and handed over the respective report together with recommendations to the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee which is chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert.</p> <p>“At the same time, Dr Borbély requested an extension of the suspension of Mr Valcke from all football-related activities for a further 45 days. The suspension imposed on Mr Valcke on October 7, 2015 for a duration of 90 days will end today, January 5, 2016, at midnight. </p> <p>“In his final report, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee recommended imposing a sanction of a nine-year ban and a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($99,029.51) on Mr Valcke for alleged violation of the general rules of conduct, loyalty, confidentiality , duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting, conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits and general obligation to collaborate.</p> <p>“Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Mr Valcke is presumed innocent.”</p> <p>Valcke’s 90-day suspension over World Cup ticket selling accusations was to end on midnight on Tuesday but investigators also recommended the ethics committee extend this by some 45 days more.</p> <p>He has denied any wrongdoing.</p>
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