Banned Jerome Valcke heads back to CAS

Jerome Valcke (AFP Photo)
Jerome Valcke (AFP Photo)

Geneva - Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will be present when the Court of Arbitration hears his appeal over a 10-year ban from football next week, CAS said on Thursday.

Valcke "is on the list of participants for the October 11 hearing," CAS said, adding that the proceedings would kick off at 09:30.

Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man was suspended in September 2015 over a ticket scam at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was sentenced by FIFA's ethics committee in February 2016 to a 12-year ban from football.

The ban was reduced to 10 years on appeal before Valcke, who protests his innocence, appealed to CAS.

The former chief lieutenant of disgraced FIFA president Blatter, Valcke was sacked by FIFA over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.

The 56-year-old, who has resettled in Barcelona where he and his wife set up an events management firm, is also the target of a Swiss criminal investigation into the resale of World Cup tickets.

Blatter was banned for six years on charges relating to a two million Swiss francs payment to former UEFA chief Michel Platini, who was also suspended from football for four years.

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