Fifa has banned its former Secretary-General Jerome Valcke from all football-related activity for 12 years. The governing body’s independent ethics committee also fined the 55-year-old 100,000 Swiss francs (£70,800) after it investigated allegations of misconduct relating to sales of World Cup tickets.
During the inquiry, other acts of potential misconduct arose concerning travel expenses and regulations. Valcke’s lawyer said his client had done “absolutely nothing wrong”. The lawyer’s statement said: “With today’s decision, the Fifa ethics committee has shown that it is not a credible, independent or objective decision-making body.