Monday 26 September 2016

FIFA chief sought big pay-off before ban

Jamie Holland

Published 19/09/2015 | 02:30

FIFA’S general secretary Jérôme Valcke had requested a pay-off from the organisation worth millions of pounds before he was suspended on Thursday
FIFA’S general secretary Jérôme Valcke had requested a pay-off from the organisation worth millions of pounds before he was suspended on Thursday

Fifa's general secretary Jérôme Valcke had requested a pay-off from the organisation worth millions of pounds before he was suspended on Thursday in the wake of yet more corruption allegations at football's world governing body.

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The Frenchman announced in July that he would leave FIFA at the emergency congress next February, when president Sepp Blatter will also stand down.

Valcke's contract has three years to run and he had been negotiating a pay-off to leave the organisation, but had not been successful.

Valcke's predecessor, Urs Linsi, was given a pay-off worth £3.6m. However, that was in different times.

Valcke has been in the No 2 job since 2007, despite being forced to leave the organisation only a year earlier after Mastercard walked out on a sponsorship deal, claiming it and Visa had been lied to in order to secure the highest possible price for a deal.

Until this week, none of the many scandals engulfing the organisation had specifically implicated Fifa's highest-ranking officials.

But the allegations made by ticketing agent Benny Alon - that he had made an agreement with Valcke to sell Brazil 2014 World Cup tickets for prices way over their listed value, and that Valcke would receive a cut of the profits - have caused Valcke to be suspended by FIFA pending an investigation by its ethics committee.

Valcke, for his part, has denied the "outrageous and fabricated" allegations.

FIFA also cancelled the contract in 2013, ostensibly when it became clear that the tickets would be sold at several times their face value, and the deal never took place.

Sources close to FIFA have said that Valcke has been keen for some time to make an early exit from the governing body.

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