Despite corruption scandal FIFA Secretary General says he is not stepping down

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  play Jérôme Valcke

Valcke said on Wednesday he was not guilty of any corrupt practice in a $10 million bank transaction under investigation by US authorities and saw no reason to stand down.

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The Secretary General of the world football governing body, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Jérôme Valcke has insisted he can remain in his post.

Corruption scandals have hit the world football governing body and has led to the resignation of the federation boss, Sepp Blatter. Last week, several of FIFA’s leading officials, including Vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel in Zurich.

They were detained pending extradition to the United States where they face federal corruption charges, including suspected bribery in the awarding of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

But Valcke said on Wednesday he was not guilty of any corrupt practice in a $10 million bank transaction under investigation by US authorities and saw no reason to stand down.

“I have no reason to say that I shouldn’t remain secretary general regarding what’s happened in the last days, because I have no responsibility,” he told France Info radio.

“I’m beyond reproach and I certainly don’t feel guilty. So I don’t even have to justify that I’m innocent,” he added.

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