Suspended secretary-general Jérôme Valcke Jérôme Valcke. Picture: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV
General secretary of Fifa Jerome Valcke attends a press conference at the Constantine Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. World soccer body Fifa suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke on Thursday. Picture: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

ZURICH — Football governing association Fifa’s ethics watchdog has extended secretary-general Jerome Valcke’s suspension from world football as it prepares a ruling over accusations of corruption involving the sale of World Cup tickets.

The French administrator has denied any wrongdoing in the case, which is among dozens of allegations rocking football’s governing body, caught up in worst graft scandal of its history.

Investigators for the ethics committee recommended on Tuesday that Mr Valcke be banned for nine years and fined Sf100,000 ($98,990.30).

The committee said in a statement on Wednesday that its chief judge Hans-Joachim Eckert had suspended Mr Valcke for another 45 days pending a final judgment, after a previous 90-day ban expired. Mr Valcke was also placed on indefinite leave by Fifa in September.

The allegations against Mr Valcke stem from former Israeli football player Benny Alon telling a news conference in September in Zurich that he agreed in 2013 to pay cash to Mr Valcke, to secure plum tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He said the plan was to then sell the tickets to fans at a markup and split the proceeds with Mr Valcke, who was right-hand man to banned president Sepp Blatter. Mr Alon said the deal fell through and he never paid the football official.

Mr Blatter has been banned from any involvement in the game for eight years.

Forty-one people and sports entities, including top Fifa officials, have been indicted by US prosecutors for offences including corruption, fraud and money laundering.

Reuters