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FIFA's Jerome Valcke Stripped of Secretary-General Role

  • Valcke's removal from post takes place with immediate effect
  • Markus Kattner will continue role of acting secretary-general

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been stripped of his title amid a corruption scandal that has decimated the top ranks of soccer’s governing body.

Valcke’s dismissal takes effect immediately and his role will continue to be handled by Markus Kattner, acting secretary-general, FIFA’s Emergency Committee said in a statement Wednesday.

The investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee said last week that Valcke should be banned from soccer for nine years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($99,100) for violating FIFA’s general rules of conduct.

Valcke has denied wrongdoing and his lawyer said at the time that the penalties were “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.”

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