FIFA Puts No. 2 Official Valcke on Leave Amid Corruption Probe

Soccer’s international governing body pushed aside its No. 2 official ahead of schedule amid an intensifying global corruption probe into bribery and kickbacks.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties until further notice, the organization said in an e-mailed statement Thursday. It said it had been made aware of allegations involving Valcke and had requested an investigation by its in-house ethics committee.