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Swiss prosecutors open criminal proceedings against PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi

Jerome Valcke former FIFA secretary general was allegedly offered bribes to secure broadcast rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cup finals Jerome Valcke former FIFA secretary general was allegedly offered bribes to secure broadcast rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cup finals
Noah Ferguson | 12 October, 2017, 20:03

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.

Swiss prosecutors said on Thursday they had opened a criminal investigation into former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chief executive of Qatar's beIN Media, focused on corruption linked to World Cup broadcasting rights.

Criminal proceedings have been opened into Paris St-Germain's chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi by Swiss prosecutors.

The Paris offices of BeIN Sports were searched on Thursday as part of a criminal probe against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi, French authorities said.

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 Federation Internationale de Football Association, worldwide soccer, and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests.

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 interviewed by the attorney general's representatives in Geneva on Thursday "as a suspect", the statement said.

The OAG had already said a year ago that Valcke was suspected of criminal mismanagement and other offences.

Valcke, who worked for FIFA between 2007 and 2015, is now serving a 10-year ban from football - issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee in June 2016 - after being embroiled in the corruption scandal that hit football's governing body in 2015.

Valcke was sacked by Federation Internationale de Football Association in January 2016 in connection with affairs around World Cup tickets and television rights.

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