July 27, 2018 / 10:43 AM / 2 months ago

Swiss sport court dismisses Jerome Valcke appeal against soccer ban

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke’s appeal against his 10-year ban for breaching the world soccer body’s code of ethics.

A file picture shows FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke addressing a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich September 26, 2014. FIFA said on January 13, 2016 it had fired General Secretary Jerome Valcke, once one of the global soccer body's most powerful figures, amid alleged corruption involving World Cup ticket sales. Picture taken on September 26, 2014. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/Files Picture Supplied by Action Images

The court in Lausanne, Switzerland, said the ban and the 100,000 Swiss franc ($100,290) fine was “wholly appropriate,” and confirmed the decision made by FIFA’s Appeal Committee in 2016.

Valcke, who was former FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s top aide, was found to be involved in the resale of FIFA World Cup tickets and other ethics violations, CAS said on Friday.

Reporting by John Revill, editing by John Miller

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