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Fifa ethics investigators recommend nine-year ban for Valcke

The market for global soccer player transfers reached US$4.2 billion in 2015, up 2.6 per cent from the year before and largely attributed to the wealthy clubs in the English Premier League, according to Fifa's Global Transfer Market Report.

[ZURICH] Investigators for Fifa's ethics watchdog on Tuesday recommended that suspended FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke be banned from soccer for nine years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (US$99,029.51) for ethics violations.

The investigatory chamber of the ethics committee for global soccer body Fifa said it had concluded its investigation into Valcke and given its findings to the ethics body.

Valcke's 90-day suspension over World Cup ticket selling accusations was set to end on Tuesday but investigators also recommended the ethics committee extend this by 45 days. Valcke has denied any wrongdoing.