Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has been banned from all football-related activity for 12 years. The decision has been made by FIFA’s independent ethics committee following allegations of potential misconduct related to sales of World Cup tickets. Valcke has also been fined 100,000 Swiss francs. A statement from FIFA’s Ethics Committee said: “The adjudicatory chamber found that a sports marketing firm had gained an undue advantage from the selling of World Cup tickets. Not only did Mr Valcke do nothing to stop these activities, he encouraged the persons responsible to do so.” The statement added that Valcke had “travelled at FIFA’s expense purely for sightseeing reasons” and by doing so had “acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA”.