Valcke situation ‘briefly’ discussed at FIFA meeting

AFP, ZURICH, Switzerland

Sat, Sep 26, 2015 - Page 20

The suspension of secretary-general Jerome Valcke was “briefly” discussed at FIFA’s ongoing executive committee meeting, German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach said yesterday.

Valcke was relieved of his duties last week over allegations that he was part of a black market ticket selling scheme during the World Cup in Brazil last year.

“We must respect the presumption of innocence,” Niersbach told reporters on the sidelines of the FIFA meeting at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

Niersbach is part of the 25-member executive committee that was to receive updates on the range of crises within world soccer, including corruption investigations in the US and Switzerland.

The German declined to comment on the discussions held by FIFA’s top brass since the meeting opened on Thursday.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was to face the media shortly after press time last night in his first press conference since Valcke was sidelined.

On Thursday, Swiss prosecutors said FIFA agreed to hand over Valcke’s e-mails, evidence that had been demanded as part of a probe into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.