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No need to politicize Valcke’s dismissal from FIFA — Russian sports minister

September 18, 2015, 15:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to Vitaly Mutko, FIFA’s Secretary General Jerome Valcke has quit to avoid pressure on football governing body
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Jerome Valcke

Jerome Valcke

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MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. FIFA’s dismissal of its Secretary General Jerome Valcke should not be politicized as the decision was made to avoid additional pressure on the organization, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.

"I think the situation should not be politicized," Mutko told reporters. "The investigation of US and Swiss law enforcers are under way. These people say more exposures may follow. While the investigation goes on, we should be ready for such decisions."

"Valcke has quit to avoid pressure on FIFA," he added.

FIFA announced late on Thursday night that Jerome Valcke, who held the post of the organization’s secretary general since 2007, was "put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice." Valcke’s deputy Markus Kattner was appointed the acting secretary general of FIFA for an indefinite period of time.

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