GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss supreme court has rejected an appeal by former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke against a 10-year ban from soccer for financial wrongdoing.
Swiss attorney general defends his FIFA investigation
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general defended his team's handling of its four-year FIFA investigation on Wednesday, a week after the lead prosecutor was removed from duty.
Federal prosecutors have come "under attack every day by the lawyers" in a case comprising 25 different investigations, Michael Lauber said at a news conference.
"We have to follow the Swiss (penal) code," said Lauber, who confirmed he will seek another four-year term as attorney general in June.
Private jets, favors to son detailed in FIFA official’s case
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA spent $11.7 million in less than three years on private jets, including luxury sight-seeing trips for a top official, a newly published legal document shows.
CAS upholds ex-FIFA Valcke’s 10-year ban from soccer
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Jerome Valcke's 10-year ban from football was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.
The secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA ethics committee.
His appeal was heard in October, and on Friday it was dismissed by CAS.
Qatari exec quizzed by investigators in FIFA bribery case
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Emerging from a seven-hour interrogation by Swiss investigators, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted he had "nothing to hide" despite allegations he bribed a FIFA official in a World Cup broadcasting rights deal.
Al-Khelaifi, a Qatari soccer and television executive with close ties to the gas-rich emirate's ruler, met with Switzerland's federal prosecutors two weeks after they revealed criminal proceedings against him.
FIFA probe: Al-Khelaifi confirms his presence in Switzerland
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says he will go to Switzerland next Wednesday to answer questions from Swiss prosecutors investigating the suspected bribery of a top FIFA executive for World Cup broadcasting rights.
Italian luxury villa seized in FIFA, World Cup bribery case
A villa valued at seven million euros ($8.3 million) on an Italian island was allegedly how a Qatari television executive bribed a top FIFA official.
Italian police said Friday they seized the luxury property in Sardinia they claim Nasser al-Khelaifi, who is also president of Paris Saint-Germain, made available to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.
World Cup bribery case opened against PSG president, Valcke
GENEVA (AP) — The Qatari president of one of Europe's most glamorous soccer clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors for suspected bribery of a top FIFA executive to get World Cup broadcasting rights.
Former FIFA official Valcke testifies in soccer ban appeal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Fired by FIFA and banned from soccer for financial wrongdoing and excessive use of private jets, Jerome Valcke defended his record at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday.
Valcke, the CEO-like secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency, spent more than six hours in a CAS hearing to challenge his 10-year ban.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — About 25 separate investigations of suspected corruption linked to FIFA and World Cup bidding are being led by federal prosecutors in Switzerland, the country's office for the attorney general said Friday.
The office of Michael Lauber confirmed the scale of "football-related cases" after securing a first conviction since its FIFA probes began in 2014.
Former FIFA official Valcke appeals 10-year soccer ban
GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA official Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn his 10-year ban from soccer for unethical conduct.
The court outlined a procedural timetable Tuesday that should take several months to reach a verdict.
Valcke's case will go ahead while he remains under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Switzerland. He is also an expected target witness in an American federal investigation of corruption implicating senior FIFA officials.
FIFA opens bribery case against Sepp Blatter, 2 others
GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is now facing a bribery case, and one of his former vice presidents was fined more than $1 million in a separate investigation into kickbacks.
The FIFA ethics committee said Friday it opened formal proceedings against Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and former finance director Markus Kattner over million-dollar payments in their contracts — some of which were approved by other senior FIFA officials.