Football: Valcke gets October CAS appeal date over 10-year Fifa ban

Then Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke addressing a news conference after a meeting of the executive committee in Zurich on Sept 26, 2014. His 12-year ban over black-market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals was cut to 10 years.
Then Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke addressing a news conference after a meeting of the executive committee in Zurich on Sept 26, 2014. His 12-year ban over black-market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals was cut to 10 years.PHOTO: REUTERS

LAUSANNE (AFP) - Former Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke will have his appeal over his 10-year ban from football heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Oct 11.

Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man was suspended in September 2015 over the 2014 World Cup tickets scam 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, claiming innocence, appealed to CAS.

"The hearing has been set for Oct 11, it's too soon to know if he will actually appear in person however," a CAS spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

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Once disgraced Fifa president Blatter's chief lieutenant, Valcke was sacked by Fifa over black-market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.

The 56-year-old Frenchman, 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 (S$2.85 million) payment to then Uefa chief Michel Platini.

Fifa in September launched a fresh investigation into conflict of interest and corruption against Blatter, Valcke and ex-financial director Markus Kattner.

It believes the three men may have shared around €75 million in pay rises in a coordinated effort at self-enrichment, which the three deny.