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FIFA fires secretary-general Jerome Valcke

The former secretary-general follows Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini in being banned from football's world governing body.

World football's governing body has dismissed secretary-general Jerome Valcke.

The 55-year-old Frenchman had been suspended and released from his duties since September 2015, after a series of allegations suggested that Valcke had sold World Cup tickets with the intent of making a profit.

FIFA's ethics committee opened formal proceedings against the high-ranking official on January 7 for alleged "misuse of expenses and other infringements of FIFA's rules and regulations," with the recommendation of a nine-year ban and a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs.

In a statement on Wednesday, FIFA announced: "The FIFA emergency committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of FIFA secretary-general with immediate effect."