Valcke, the right-hand man of outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter, was immediately relieved of his duties as the latest wave of sleaze crashed into world football's governing body. Switzerland, meanwhile, has ruled out yesterday that a former FIFA vice-president should be deported to the US in a corruption probe, the first suspect facing a forced transfer over the graft allegations that have shaken world football.
“Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice," said a FIFA statement. "Further, FIFA has been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee."
The 54-year-old French official had already been forced to deny involvement in a USD 10 million payment to South Africa, in the wake of corruption allegations, that forced to Blatter's resignation earlier this year.

The latest claims were made against Valcke accusing him to be involved in a scam selling World Cup tickets at vastly inflated prices and thus taking a slice of the profits. The claims were made by Benny Alon, an American-Israeli consultant at a company, which had a deal with FIFA to sell tickets at the 2014 World Cup. The contract was subsequently cancelled.

In a strongly-worded statement issued by Valcke's US-based attorney, the official decried the allegations as false.

"Jerome Valcke unequivocally denies the fabricated and outrageous accusations by Benny Alon of alleged wrongdoing in connection with the sale of World Cup tickets," states New York attorney Barry Berke.

The statement further said that Valcke never received or agreed to accept any money or anything else of value, from Mr Alon. All dealings between Valcke and Alon's company had been cleared by FIFA's Legal Department, the statement added.


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