Former Blatter aide Valcke loses bid to have 10-year ban struck off
Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man Jerome Valcke has failed in an attempt to have a 10-year ban from football overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Valcke worked under Blatter at Fifa from 2003 to 2015, spending the last eight years as secretary general.
But the 57-year-old Frenchman's tenure ended in typically controversial fashion when he was suspended in September 2015 for a series of alleged breaches of Fifa's code of ethics related to the resale of World Cup tickets, inflated travel expenses, bribery and failure to cooperate with investigators.
Fifa's ethics committee found him guilty and gave him a 12-year ban in February 2016, which was reduced to 10 years by Fifa's appeal committee in June 2016. He was also fined £77,000.
In a statement, CAS said: "The panel concluded that the offences found to have been committed by Jerome Valcke were cumulatively of a serious degree of gravity and that the sanctions were wholly proportionate."
Valcke's defeat follows earlier failures to overturn Fifa bans by Blatter and ex-Uefa chief Michel Platini.