It is not disproportionate for an individual to be suspended from all football-related activity for ten years if they violate Article 10 FIFA CE (2009 edition) and Article 13, 16, 18, 19 and 41 (2012 edition).
Firstly, Mr Jérôme Valcke (the Appellant), Former FIFA Secretary General, was involved in the negotiation of ticket resale to JB Sports Marketing AG (JB), giving the latter the right to resell a number of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets and allowing himself to receive a percentage of the profits. These negotiations were a result of pressure exerted on Mr Valcke by Mr Alon of JB, who claimed to have knowledge of ticket irregularities in connection with the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Secondly, it was revealed, after FIFA engaged the auditing company KPMG to review Mr Valcke’s travel costs, that the Appellant had taken four trips that were inconsistent with FIFA’s travel policies and regulations. These included a trip to Saint Petersburg in 2015, a trip to India in September 2012, a trip to Doha in September 2013 and a trip to Manchester in July 2012.
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