September 26, 2014 shows FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke giving a press conference at the end of a meeting of the FIFA Executive Comitee at the organisation's headquarters in Zurich. / AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZON
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FIFA's ethics judges announced Thursday they had opened formal proceedings against suspended Secretary General Jerome Valcke over alleged corruption involving World Cup ticket sales, one of many scandals now surrounding soccer's governing body.The announcement came after an ethics investigation into the case recommended a nine-year ban for Valcke, former right-hand man to FIFA president Sepp Blatter who himself has been banned for eight years.Valcke was placed on leave by FIFA in September following the allegations and initially suspended for 90 days in October when the ethics committee started its investigation.Valcke has had a checkered career at FIFA.
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