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Jerome Valcke to Appeal Bribery Conviction

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Last Updated: June 27, 2022, 16:24 IST

FILE - Then FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks to the media during his news conference in Samara, Russia, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo)

FILE - Then FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks to the media during his news conference in Samara, Russia, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo)

A Swiss appeals court on Friday found former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, 61, guilty of bribery and forging documents but acquitted him of aggravated dishonest management as it handed him a suspended 11-month prison term and fine

Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will appeal against his conviction for accepting bribes in a case involving World Cup media rights, his legal team said.

A Swiss appeals court on Friday found Valcke, 61, guilty of bribery and forging documents but acquitted him of aggravated dishonest management as it handed him a suspended 11-month prison term and fine.

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”Mr Valcke did not harm FIFA and his full acquittal on the counts of mismanagement has therefore logically been confirmed. Just as logically, the criminal justice system has now rejected FIFA’s civil claims,” his lawyers said by email.

It called the appellate court’s reversal of a lower court’s acquittal of Valcke in 2020 on corruption charges ”a mistake and a fantasy”, saying the contracts involved were favourable to FIFA and were approved at all levels of soccer’s world body.

The lawyers said they would take the case to Switzerland’s supreme court and the guilty verdict was thus not final.

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first published:June 27, 2022, 16:14 IST
last updated:June 27, 2022, 16:24 IST
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