Valcke was FIFA's secretary general for nearly a decade, working alongside the body's then president Blatter who has been banned for eight years over an ethics violation. Valcke, 55, was himself facing a possible nine-year ban sought by FIFA investigators over his alleged role in a scheme to sell 2014 World Cup tickets on the black market.
     
In a statement, FIFA said yesterday his employment contract had been 'terminated', even before a verdict in the ticket case was decided.
     
"The FIFA emergency committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of FIFA secretary general with immediate effect," the statement said.
    
Valcke's US-based lawyer Barry Berke said his client 'remains confident that he will be fully vindicated and history will recognize all of his contributions to the sport he loves'.

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