The investigatory chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee has called for suspended general secretary Jerome Valcke to be banned for nine years over allegations of corruption.
Valcke has been linked to a scheme that intended to sell tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at above their face value prior to the contract being cancelled before any were sold.
Valcke – the right-hand man to suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter since 2007 – denies the allegations made by former Israeli footballer and tickets and hospitality consultant Benny Alon.
The investigatory chamber initially handed Valcke a 90-day ban, which is due to expire on Tuesday, but committee chairman Cornel Borbely called on that suspension to be extended by 45 days.
Borbely also recommended a nine-year ban and a fine when the investigation concludes.
“In his final report, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee recommended imposing a sanction of a nine-year ban and a fine of CHF 100,000 on Mr Valcke,” read a FIFA statement.
“Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Mr Valcke is presumed innocent.”