Lausanne - Shamed
former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court
of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches.
The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market
World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.
Valcke is also the
target of a Swiss criminal investigation into FIFA's affairs under its
former leader Sepp Blatter.
FIFA originally banned Valcke for 12 years, but this was reduced to 10
years by a FIFA appeal committee in June last year. His current action
at CAS is against the appeal committee.
"Jerome Valcke seeks to have the challenged decision set aside in
order for the sanction imposed on him to be lifted definitively," said a
The tribunal said an arbitration panel had not yet been constituted,
in an indication that any decision will take several months.
Valcke, who was accused of destroying evidence when under investigation, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Following the ban, FIFA said last June that it had passed on
information to Swiss prosecutors and US authorities about the activities
of Blatter and Valcke.
In 2008, Valcke's office transferred $10 million on behalf of South
African officials organising the 2010 World Cup to senior FIFA officials
in the Caribbean. US prosecutors suspect the money was a bribe in
return for voting for South Africa to host the World Cup.