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In this Friday, July 24, 2015, file photo, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke attends a press conference near Constantine (Konstantinovsky) Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the eve of the Preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, that Valcke was dismissed. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Jerome Valcke dismissed as FIFA secretary general

- Associated Press

FIFA has fired Jerome Valcke for the second time, cutting ties with the secretary general four months after he was suspended while under investigation for wrongdoing at the scandal-scarred governing body.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives in a car at the FIFA headquarters "Home of FIFA" in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2015. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

FIFA ethics court bans Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini for eight years

- Associated Press

Blatter, FIFA’s outgoing president, and Platini, considered a top contender to replace him, were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of soccer’s most powerful leaders.

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Associated Press

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Friday's Sports in Brief

- Associated Press

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Rennes beats Angers 1-0 with injury-time goal

Associated Press

An injury-time own goal from defender Arnold Bouka Moutou helped Rennes to a 1-0 win over Angers as the Brittany club leapfrogged the promoted side in the French league standings.

FILE - In this Friday, July 24, 2015 file photo, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke attends a press conference near Constantine (Konstantinovsky) Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the eve of the Preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA ethics committee bans former secretary general Jerome Valcke for 12 years, Friday Feb. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years

- Associated Press

Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.

Ex-soccer player Bent given 12-month suspended jail sentence

Associated Press

Former English Premier League player Marcus Bent was handed a 12-month suspended jail sentence on Friday for confronting two police officers with a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife while under the influence of cocaine.

English soccer set for another fan protest at Arsenal

- Associated Press

Fan protests have been the theme of the week in European soccer - and there could be another on the way in the most high-profile game in the English Premier League this weekend.