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FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is suspended

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By Euronews
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is suspended

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, has been suspended.

In a statement, soccer’s world governing body said it had “been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general.”

The 54-year-old has been put on leave and released from his duties until further notice.

The move comes after a former footballer alleged the Frenchman may have been involved in selling World Cup tickets for a lucrative profit.

In a statement Valcke’s US lawyer “unequivocally denied the allegations as “fabricated and outrageous”.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced he would stand down just days after winning re-election in June. The move came after Swiss police raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested seven of its top executives which rocked the organisation and the sport.

US officials have since indicted the seven and two other FIFA officials on bribery and racketeering charges. Valcke now faces an investigation by the FIFA ethics committee.