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More bad news is on the way for FIFA and Sepp Blatter.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke – Blatter’s right-hand man – has been suspended and will be subject to a formal investigation by the FIFA ethics committee, the organization announced today.
Hammer DROPS on FIFA, Jerome Valcke. pic.twitter.com/Xg2DHY7Wo8
— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) September 17, 2015
The AP reports that the investigation into Valcke has to do with World Cup tickets.
BREAKING: FIFA suspends secretary general Jerome Valcke from duty after World Cup ticket allegations.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 17, 2015
The news of Valcke’s suspension comes just days after US officials announced that the US Department of Justice is preparing to bring new charges against a handful of top FIFA officials.
“We do anticipate being able to bring additional charges against individuals and entities,” US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press conference in Zurich on September 14.
According to a report in the IB Times, US and Swiss investigators believe FIFA officials received more than $150 million in bribes and altered the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.