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PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi facing bribery charges

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi facing bribery charges

The proceedings relate to an ongoing OAG investigation into Valcke that began in March 2016, which was opened on "suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement".

Valcke is suspected of accepting bribes paid by the unnamed businessman after awarding the broadcasting rights for the 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 World Cups in some countries, according to prosecutors.

The proceedings relate to Qatari-owned beIN Media Group, of which Al-Khelaifi is chief executive, being awarded the TV rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.

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

Valcke was FIFA's secretary general under then-president Sepp Blatter from 2007 until he was sacked in January 2016.




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. Valcke denied any wrongdoing in this case. He filed an appeal to the ban with the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in February of this year.

Swiss prosecutors on Thursday announced they were opening a new criminal investigation against a former Federation Internationale de Football Association chief and two businessmen for alleged corruption offences related to the soccer World Cup broadcasting rights.

Al-Khelaifi is a key member of the organising committee for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and was described by French newspaper L'Equipe as "the most powerful man in French football".

Earlier this year, Khelaifi broke the world record for a player transfer fee by signing Brazilian footballer Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million.