Sport World Cup bribery case opened against PSG president, Valcke

17:37  12 october  2017
17:37  12 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Prosecutors open bribery case against PSG president

  Prosecutors open bribery case against PSG president Swiss prosecutors have opened up a bribery case against PSG president and FIFA Club World Cup committee member Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Twitter: Breaking: Swiss federal prosecutors announce bribery case against Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain in FIFA probe. (@RobHarris) Al-Khelaifi is also the chief executive officer of beIN Media Group — according to Rob Harris, this criminal case concerns World Cup TV rights. Twitter: PSG president is also head of BeIn Sports and criminal case relates to the awarding by FIFA of World Cup TV rights https://t.co/sW9Z2k1Dau (@RobHarris) A statement by Swiss authorities states that Jerome Valcke, Nasser Al-Khelaifi and one other are being investigated for fraud, unfaithful administration of business, and forgery of documents, in relation to the allocation of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups of 2018 and 2022. Al-Khelaifi took over at PSG IN October 2011 and the club have since won four Ligue 1 titles, three Coupes de France, three Coupes de la Ligue, and five consecutive Trophees des Champions. The likes of Angel di Maria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have all joined the club since the induction of the Qatari president and he aims to make PSG one of Europe’s uppermost elite.

BERN, Switzerland — Swiss federal prosecutors have announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain.

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GENEVA — Swiss federal prosecutors have announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain.

The investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group, the office of Switzerland's attorney general said on Thursday.

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The latest proceeding in a broader Swiss investigation of FIFA is against "Jerome Valcke, the chief executive officer of the BeIN Media Group LLC Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and a businessman in the sports rights sector," federal prosecutors said.

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Swiss federal prosecutors have announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights against PSG 's Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Swiss prosecutors say Valcke was questioned on Thursday and properties were searched in France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal proceeding against former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Qatar's beIN Media Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the latest escalation in their ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer.

Valcke was alleged to have received "undue advantages" from the businessman, who was not identified, to award "media rights for certain countries" for four World Cups from 2018 through 2030.

Valcke was questioned on Thursday and properties were searched in France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

Swiss prosecutors said the action was carried out with Eurojust, a European Union agency for cooperation in criminal matters.

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"Multiple premises were searched, assets were seized and interviews were conducted as a result of this joint operation," the European justice body said in a statement.

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The proceeding against Al-Khelaifi is one of the first direct links to Qatar in sweeping investigations by authorities in the United States, France and Switzerland of FIFA, international soccer, and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests.

Al-Khelaifi's profile has risen in recent weeks as PSG pursued and sealed a world record transfer of Brazil star Neymar from Barcelona for 220 million euros ($260 million).

The case stemmed from a wider investigation of FIFA's business that saw criminal proceedings opened against Valcke in March 2016.

Valcke was FIFA's CEO-like secretary general under then-president Sepp Blatter from 2007 until he was fired in January 2016.

The French former TV presenter was in Switzerland on Wednesday to testify at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in his appeal hearing against a 10-year ban by FIFA for financial wrongdoing and abuse of expenses.

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