It’s happening. It’s really happening. One by one by one, FIFA’s top executives are all getting arrested and/or fired from various positions within world football’s governing body amid a never-ending deluge of allegations of corruption.
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On Thursday, it was FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, the organization’s no. 2 perhaps most famous for his pompous “Excuse me if I sound a bit arrogant, but…” response to a question about the sale of alcohol at the 2014 World Cup, who was “put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately,” per a FIFA statement.
FIFA today announced that its Secretary General Jérôme Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice. Further, FIFA has been made aware of a series of allegations involving the Secretary General and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee.
Valcke, whose name has many times come up in corruption allegations, was recently accused of taking part in a scheme to sell World Cup tickets above face value and pocket the profits. Valcke is also the FIFA executive whose name was attached to a 2011 email that implied Qatar had “bought” the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Valcke later denied that any pay-off had taken place.
So who made the decision to give Valcke the boot? In true FIFA fashion, it was their own ringleader, Sepp Blatter, calling the shots in an attempt to “clean up” his own mess.