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12 October 2017, 07:37 | Sandy Nunez
PSG Chairman Subject of Criminal Investigation Over World Cup Bribery Claims
Swiss federal prosecutors announced on Thursday they are investigating suspected bribes offered to former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke to award the broadcast rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cup to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group, where Nasser Al-Khelaifi (pictured, left) is the chief executive.
Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA's former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.
Prosecutors interviewed Valcke on Thursday, while authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain searched properties in various locations, the OAG said.
Swiss authorities said that criminal proceedings have been opened against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of Qatari broadcaster beIN over suspicions of bribery, fraud, forgery and criminal mismanagement related to the award of media rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
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Valcke was banned from football for 10 years for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from World Cup ticket sales. The investigation concerns the awarding of broadcast rights to BeIN Media Group.
French prosecutors said they had searched beIN's offices in Paris on Thursday.
Earlier this year, Khelaifi broke the world record for a player transfer fee by signing Brazilian footballer Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million.
Also charged is a former Secretary General of football Governing body FIFA, Jerome Valcke.
The OAG stressed "no one has been on remand" and "the presumption of innocence applies".
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