Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Criminal proceedings opened against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi

Criminal proceedings opened against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi

Swiss prosecutors have opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi over the sale of sale of World Cup TV rights.

The investigation involves alleged bribes offered to former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke to award the 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group.

The proceedings are connected to an ongoing investigation into former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke, and relate to the sale of World Cup TV rights to Qatar's BeIN Sports, of which Al-Khelaifi is also chief executive.

"At the same time, in cooperation with the competent authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain, properties were searched in various locations".

Al-Khelaifi and Valcke previously negotiated a deal for the 2018 and 2022 rights weeks after Qatar won the 2022 hosting vote.

The charges relate to the awarding of media rights to the 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 World Cups in his capacity as chairman in of BEIN media group.

The office for the Swiss attorney general made the revelation on its official site on Thursday afternoon, and revealed that proceedings had been opened against the pair since March.

The latest case stemming from the wider investigation of FIFA's business also saw criminal proceedings opened against Valcke in March 2016.

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 222 million euros ($260 million).

Findings obtained in that process have led to a separate line of inquiry involving PSG president Al-Khelaifi.

Valcke is now serving a 10-year suspension for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from World Cup ticket sales.

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