Top FIFA Official Suspended
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has recently announced that its Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke, has been put on leave in the wake of a series of new allegations made against him. In addition, the FIFA Ethics Committee requested for a formal investigation to be done as well.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Valcke, the second highest ranking official in FIFA, is believed to have tried to profit personally from the sale of some World Cup tickets he controlled back in 2014. During a news conference, Benny Alon had also accused Valcke of using him to sell tickets with marked up prices to fans. Moreover, Valcke allegedly planned to split the profits from the markup with Alon. Sources to Reuters have claimed that these allegations actually served as basis for Valcke to be placed on immediate leave. Alon, an Israeli American, has been in the business of arranging World Cup hospitality packages since 1990.
Before he was appointed secretary general, Valcke was actually a marketing director for FIFA back in 2003. He was then fired in December 2006 following his role in the sponsorship negotiations with MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. that ended badly. However, Valcke was rehired just eight months later after New York Court had ruled that FIFA had “lied repeatedly” during sponsorship negotiations with MasterCard for the World Cup. Upon being rehired, Valcke was then appointed secretary general.
Both U.S. and Swiss authorities have said earlier this week that they will be expanding their investigations into corruption inside FIFA. In addition, there are reportedly more arrests to be expected.