The FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke has been sacked with immediate effect.
The world’s football governing body confirmed this in a statement. “The FIFA Emergency Committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of FIFA Secretary General with immediate effect. The employment relationship between FIFA and Jerome Valcke has also been terminated.”
The decision to cancel his contract comes on the back of corruption allegations against him by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee.
"Valcke was provisionally released from his duties as Secretary General on 17 September 2015, and on 7 January 2016, formal adjudicatory proceedings were opened against him by the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert.
"The provisional suspension imposed on Valcke on 8 October 2015 and extended on 6 January 2016 continues to be valid,” the statement added.
Meanwhile the duties of Secretary General will continue to be assumed by the Acting Secretary General, Dr Markus Kattner.
Valcke’s dismissal is the latest episode in the ongoing saga at FIFA, with Blatter and his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini both being banned from all football-related activity for eight years last month in relation to a payment of two million Swiss francs (£1.3million) made by FIFA, and authorised by Blatter, to Platini in February 2011.