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Former Fifa secretary general Valcke given 12-year ban

Valcke has been handed a 12-year ban. Credit: PA

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been banned for 12 years for a number of offences including his part in a World Cup tickets scandal and using a private jet for personal reasons.

The Frenchman, who was formally dismissed last month, has been banned from all football-related activity for 12 years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (almost £71,000) by FIFA's ethics committee.

Valcke also negotiated to sell World Cup television rights for below their true value, according to a statement from the ethics committee.

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Sepp Blatter 'still getting Fifa salary' despite football ban

Fifa's suspended president Blatter at a news conference in Zurich last December. Credit: Reuters

Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter is still receiving his presidential salary despite his world football ban, according to the Reuters news agency.

The Fifa ethics committee banned president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini from football activities for eight years.

The bans follow an investigation into a £1.3m "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011.

But Blatter, a Swiss national who has been president of FIFA since 1998, will continue to be paid until a new president is elected on 26 Feb, spokesman Andreas Bantel told Reuters.

This means Blatter would have been paid for nearly five months during which time he was unable to carry out his duties, and a period in which Fifa has appointed an acting president, African soccer head Issa Hayatou.

Fifa dismiss Valcke with immediate effect

Jerome Valcke is currently suspended from his role. Credit: PA

Fifa have relieved Jerome Valcke of his duties as General Secretary, football's ruling body have announced.

Frenchman Valcke is currently suspended from all footballing activities for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.

Markus Kattner will assume the role for the time being.

The Fifa emergency committee decided to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of Fifa secretary general with immediate effect. Jerome Valcke is therefore no longer the secretary general of Fifa. The employment relationship between Fifa and Jerome 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 statement

Blatter and Platini could receive longer bans from Fifa

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini could face even longer bans after Fifa's ethics investigatory chamber confirmed it is appealing to increase the eight-year suspensions handed down to the two most powerful people in world football.

Blatter and Platini could be banned for even longer. Credit: Reuters

Blatter and Platini have themselves appealed against the eight-year bans imposed by the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber last month, but now face a counter-appeal from the investigators who had originally sought a lifetime ban.

The bans were imposed over a £1.3m payment made to Uefa president Platini, signed off by Fifa president Blatter, in 2011 which they said was to settle a verbal agreement made 13 years beforehand.

A spokesman for Fifa's ethics investigatory chamber told Press Association Sport: "I can confirm that we intend to appeal."

Fifa's appeal committee will hear the appeals from Blatter, Platini and the investigatory chamber. The case can then go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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