The chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbély, has concluded his investigation into the activities of the currently suspended FIFA Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke, and handed over the respective report together with recommendations to the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee which is chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert. At the same time, Dr Borbély requested an extension of the suspension of Mr Valcke from all football-related activities for a further 45 days. The suspension imposed on Mr Valcke on 7 October 2015 for a duration of 90 days will end today, 5 January 2016, at midnight.

In his final report, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee recommended imposing a sanction of a nine-year ban and a fine of CHF 100,000 on Mr Valcke for alleged violation of the general rules of conduct (art. 13 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE)), loyalty (art. 15 FCE), confidentiality (art. 16 FCE), duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting (art. 18 FCE), conflicts of interest (art. 19 FCE), offering and accepting gifts and other benefits (art. 20 FCE) and general obligation to collaborate (art. 42 FCE).

Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Mr Valcke is presumed innocent.