PSG's Qatari president under investigation in Federation Internationale de Football Association 'bribery' case

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2017

The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris St Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi is at the centre of a TV rights deal storm, after Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against the Paris-Saint Germain chairman.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland previously revealed they were investigating Valcke for "various acts of criminal mismanagement" and have since confirmed the investigation.

While Valcke was being questioned, authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain searched "properties" as part of the probe, the Swiss prosecutors said.

The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST) said "multiple premises were searched, assets were seized and interviews were conducted as a result of this joint operation". "The new proceeding has been opened primarily on the basis of findings obtained by the OAG in the earlier proceeding".

While Qatari national Al-Khelaifi is the president of the famed French football club PSG, the statement indicates the alleged offences pertain to his role as the head of sports media group BEIN, which operates on five continents.

In March past year, the OAG said Valcke was suspected of criminal mismanagement and other offences.

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

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