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Valcke innocent of corruption allegations, say lawyers

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Jan 2016

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Jerome Valcke’s lawyers claim the former secretary general of FIFA is innocent of any corruption allegations after the investigatory chamber of world football governing body’s Ethics Committee called for him to be handed a nine-year ban.

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, but denies the allegations made by former Israeli footballer and tickets and hospitality consultant Benny Alon.

The 90-day ban initially imposed upon Valcke is due to expire on Tuesday but committee chairman Cornel Borbely requested that suspension be extended by 45 days and a nine-year ban and a fine be handed down when the investigation concludes.

According to the lawyers of the suspended secretary general – who was right-hand man to suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter from 2007 – he is innocent of any such allegations, with FIFA simply trying to improve its damaged public image by placing the blame upon their client.

A statement read: “The Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee has chosen to ignore Jerome Valcke’s exemplary conduct and extraordinary contributions during his long tenure as secretary general.

“Today’s press release is 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.

“Mr. Valcke did absolutely nothing wrong as any independent and fair review of the facts would establish.”

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