Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Swiss open criminal case against ex-FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

Swiss open criminal case against ex-FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

A criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights is being pursued against Nasser Al Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris St Germain, Swiss federal prosecutors have announced.

Al-Khelaifi is alleged to have offered "undue advantages" to Valcke - FIFA's CEO-like secretary general from 2007 until his firing in January 2016 - for the award of media rights in "certain countries" for the 2026 and 2030 World Cup.

Al-Khelaifi is a key member of the FIFA World Cup organising commitee.

The Swiss attorney general's office (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection to the awarding of World Cup media rights for 2026 and 2030.

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

BeIn Media Group, PSG, FIFA and Valcke were not immediately available for comment.

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. He became the chairman and chief executive officer of the French club, who broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar earlier this year, four months later. BeIN has also acquired a broad portfolio of rights including from European soccer body UEFA for the Champions League and national team matches.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has also been investigating former Secretary General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke.

Valcke was banned from football for 10 years for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from World Cup ticket sales.

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