Swiss authorities open proceedings against PSG chief over World Cup rights

Swiss authorities open proceedings against PSG chief over World Cup rights

Swiss authorities open proceedings against PSG chief over World Cup rights

Al-Khelaifi, chief executive officer of the Qatari beIN Media Group and chairman of Ligue 1 leaders PSG, is suspected of giving "undue advantages" to Jerome Valcke, the former secretary general of global football governing body FIFA, in connection to media rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups. "Any cancellation of Qatar hosting the World Cup 2022 will likely be abrupt and will leave contractors involved in a precarious situation that may not be easily resolved".

The investigation into Al-Khelaifi was reportedly opened in March 2017 and is being conducted in partnership with French, Greek, Italian and Spanish authorities.

Prosecutors claim that Valcke accepted the bribes from Al-Khelaifi with the intention of awarding media rights to "certain countries" for the World Cups due to be held in 2026 and 2030.

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Prosecutors also said it was working with authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain, where properties had been searched.

Swiss prosecutors have opened up criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

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Valcke has been in the limelight in recent years over accusations of corruption.

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

Zurich-based Federation Internationale de Football Association, the global soccer body, has been trying to overhaul its operations in the wake of the worst crisis in its history, sparked in 2015 by the indictment in the United States of several dozen soccer officials on corruption-related charges.

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