Fifa secretary general Valcke expects to leave with Blatter

Fifa secretary general Valcke expects to leave with Blatter
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FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says he expects to leave football's world governing body when a new president is elected to replace Joseph Blatter.

Valcke said in St Petersburg Friday on the eve of the 2018 World Cup preliminary draw that if he were the new president he would name a new secretary general.

Blatter confirmed earlier this week his intention to relinquish his office at an extraordinary congress on February 26 next year, and announced reforms to the crisis-hit football governing body.

FIFA is facing corruption probes by investigators in the United States and Switzerland, where the organization is based.

Valcke, who has been secretary general since 2007, has denied any wrongdoing.

Valcke meanwhile said he intended to speak next month with FIFA sponsors Visa, Coca-Cola and McDonald's who have expressed disquiet over the recent scandals.

Visa chief executive Charlie Scharf Thursday joined fellow sponsors Coca-Cola in demanding a fully independent commission to formulate reforms at FIFA, US media reported.

In a conference call announcing Visa's quarterly earnings, Scharf said he did not believe FIFA was living up to the company's standards and its response to the corruption crisis "are wholly inadequate."

Valcke said no new marketing deals would be completed until FIFA's future is clearer after the election of a new president.

© 2015 dpa GmbH

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