PSG Chairman Subject of Criminal Investigation Over World Cup Bribery Claims

PSG Chairman Subject of Criminal Investigation Over World Cup Bribery Claims

PSG Chairman Subject of Criminal Investigation Over World Cup Bribery Claims

An unnamed figure in the sports rights business is also accused of having bribed Valcke in connection with the award of media rights for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, 2022 in Qatar, and the 2026 and 2030 tournaments.

Swiss federal prosecutors have opened a case against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi for suspected bribery linked to broadcast rights for the World Cup.

The Office of Switzerland's Attorney General (OAG) confirmed that the investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to Valcke in return for the Qatari-owned BeIn Sports being awarded the 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights.

The businessman is the head of Qatari television network beIN Sports, which was awarded tournament media rights by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

A Swiss court has opened a corruption probe against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari businessman and chief executive of Paris Saint-Germain, and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke.

The investigation was opened in March and is separate from a probe Switzerland launched against Valcke in March 2016 over alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as deputy to FIFA's disgraced former president Sepp Blatter.

Prosecutors also said it was working with authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain, where properties had been searched.

Valcke was banned from football for 12 years, later reduced to 10, by Fifa's ethics committee in February last year for seven breaches of the organisation's ethics code, including attempting to sell TV rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments for "far below their actual value".

The 43-year-old Al-Khelaifi is chairman of Qatar Sports Investments which has invested heavily in PSG.

"No one has been on remand".

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