Media release of the Court of Arbitration for Sport – CAS, 27 July 2018, Valcke v. FIFA

As announced in the press release of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”), on 27 July 2018 CAS dismissed the appeal filed by Jérôme Valcke against the decision of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) appeal committee.

Jérôme Valcke, the former FIFA Secretary General was dismissed in 2015 after accusations of being involved in the resale of FIFA World Cup tickets and in a transaction between FIFA and a software development company, as well as accusations with regards to his travel expenses, an offer of an improper benefit to a regional football union and his failure to cooperate with the FIFA investigation.

These actions have been qualified as violations of the FIFA code of Ethics, which led to a 12-year ban from FIFA, which was reduced to 10 years after a first appeal in front of the appeal committee of FIFA. Alongside the ban, a fine of 100 000 CHF was also imposed. This 2016 decision was contested by Mr Valcke in front of the CAS, but it was rejected by the three arbitrators selected in this case. They considered that given the seriousness of the actions of Mr Valcke, the penalties were proportionate.

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