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Fifa corruption scandal timeline

Friday October 13 2017

French former Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke arrives to the Court of Arbitration for Sport prior to his appeal over his 10-year ban from football on October 11, 2017 in Lausanne. Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights. PHOTO | FABRICE COFFRINI |

French former Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke arrives to the Court of Arbitration for Sport prior to his appeal over his 10-year ban from football on October 11, 2017 in Lausanne. Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights. PHOTO | FABRICE COFFRINI |  AFP

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Key dates in the Fifa corruption scandal, which resurfaced this week with accusations against PSG chairman and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi and ex-Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke over World Cup media rights:

2015
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+ May 27: Police raid a Zurich hotel on the eve of the Fifa congress and arrest seven officials, including two Fifa vice presidents. They are among 14 wanted by US prosecutors over $150 million bribery allegations, including claims of buying and selling votes for South Africa to get the 2010 World Cup.

+ May 29: The 79-year-old Sepp Blatter is re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president.

+ June 2: With the corruption storm still raging, Blatter says he will stand aside after a new election.

+ Sept 17: Fifa suspends secretary general Jerome Valcke, Blatter's right-hand man, over claims about selling World Cup tickets at inflated prices.

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+ Sept 25: Switzerland opens criminal proceedings against Blatter on suspicion he misappropriated funds and violated his duties to Fifa by making a "disloyal payment" of $2 million (1.8 million euros) to UEFA head Michel Platini. Platini, who wants to succeed Blatter at Fifa, says the money was a legitimate payment and he has done nothing wrong.

+ Oct 8: Fifa suspends Blatter, Platini and Valcke for 90 days.

+ Dec 3: As Fifa's executive committee meets to discuss reforms — minus the suspended Blatter and Platini — two "high-ranking" Fifa officials are detained at a luxury Zurich hotel on suspicion of taking kickbacks for selling football marketing rights in Latin America.

+ Dec 21: Blatter and Platini banned for eight years from all football-related activity by Fifa.

2016

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+ Jan 13: Valcke sacked by Fifa.

+ Feb 16: Valcke banned for 12 years from football by Fifa.

+ Feb 24: Fifa's appeals court reduces Blatter and Platini bans to six years.

+ Feb 26: Gianni Infantino, Platini's righthand man at Uefa, elected to replace Blatter as Fifa president.

+ May 9: Platini's ban cut from six to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

+ May 23: Fifa's caretaker secretary general Markus Kattner charged over a multi-million dollar secret bonus scheme.

+ June 3: Fifa reveal Blatter, Valcke and Kattner skimmed off $80 million in "a coordinated effort to enrich themselves through annual salary increases, World Cup bonuses and other incentives" over previous five years, say Fifa.

+ July 5: Valcke's ban reduced from 12 to 10 years by Fifa.

2017
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+ Oct 11: Valcke appears before CAS in Lausanne to appeal his 10-year ban.

+ Oct 12: Swiss prosecutors announce a criminal investigation against PSG and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi and Valcke over World Cup media rights.

+ Oct 13: Italian police accuse Khelaifi of placing a Sardinian villa at Valcke's disposal. PSG's Qatari chairman is said to have used the property in Porto Cervo as a "means of corruption" over the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups between 2018-30.

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