Things aren't looking so good for FIFA's top administrator secretary general Jerome Valcke, so it would seem. According to the ethics panel of soccer's governing body earlier today, the man could be banned from soccer for nine years and be fined up to $100,000 Swiss francs ($99,100).
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Valcke was suspended from FIFA after an investigation into chief Joseph "Sepp" Blatter and European soccer head Michael Platini. Last month, both Platini and Blatter were given eight year bans.
However, the punishment for Valcke is worse. Initially, he was only suspended for three months, but that was extended for another 45 days so the board could meet, according to the New York Times.
Valcke was the second highest ranking commander after Blatter. He was responsible for the organization’s administration and oversaw the main source of revenue: the $5 billion World Cup, sport’s most-watched event.
However, after media reports in both South America and Europe implicated that Valcke was part of a scheme to sell World Cup tickets at high prices, he was suspended. At the time, Valcke denied the allegations.
In a report Tuesday, the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee concluded that Valcke had violated FIFA’s general rules of conduct.
“Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Mr. Valcke is presumed innocent,” the investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee said in a statement.