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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss supreme court says it has rejected an appeal by former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke against a 10-year ban from soccer for financial wrongdoing.
The 58-year-old Valcke had argued that his punishment was excessive, and that he was denied a fair trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Valcke was ordered to pay 18,000 Swiss francs ($17,900) in federal court costs and 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,900) to FIFA.
The long-time right-hand man to former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had challenged a CAS ruling to uphold his FIFA ban and a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($99,500).
The FIFA ethics committee charged him in relation to irregular World Cup ticket sales, expense abuses including personal use of private jets, and trying to destroy evidence.
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Valcke remains the subject of two ongoing criminal proceedings opened by Swiss federal prosecutors.
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