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Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was banned for 12 years on Friday after causing “considerable financial” damage to soccer’s governing body.

FIFA’s ethics committee, in announcing the decision, said the case had centered around misconduct connected to the sale of World Cup tickets, one of a number of scandals rocking soccer’s crisis-plagued governing body.

It said Valcke, also fined 100,000 Swiss francs, was also involved in “the abuse of the FIFA travel expenses policies and regulations, cases involving related-parties issues and the sale of TV and other media rights, and the destruction of evidence.”

Valcke, who had held the role for nearly eight years, was put on leave by FIFA in September and fired in January.

The ethics committee has already banned outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini for eight years apiece, and other officials have been suspended over the last four years.

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