Football’s world governing body FIFA has sacked it’s suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke with immediate effect.
The 55-year old Frenchman was sidelined in September after being suspended amid allegations of involvement in a scheme to sell World Cup tickets above face value.
The former right-hand man of Fifa president Sepp Blatter has denied any wrongdoing.
FIFA’s ethics committee last week opened formal proceedings against Valcke, who is also accused of several other ethics code violations including being party to a bribe paid to Jack Warner, the former head of the North and Central America’s football governing body Concacaf, in return for his vote for South Africa 2010 World Cup bid.
FIFA’s ethics investigatory chamber has recommended Valcke be banned from all football-related activities for nine years and fined the equivalent of 92 thousand euros.