Criminal corruption case opened against PSG chief over World Cup TV rights

Swiss open criminal case against ex-FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

A Swiss court has opened a corruption probe against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari businessman and chief executive of Paris Saint-Germain, and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke.

The proceedings are connected to an ongoing investigation into former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke, and relate to the sale of World Cup TV rights to BeInSports, of which Al-Khelaifi is chief executive.

The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of "criminal mismanagement" concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries.

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

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

The investigation was opened in March and is separate from a probe Switzerland launched against Valcke in March of 2016 over alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as deputy to FIFA's disgraced former president Sepp Blatter.

Al Khelaifi's profile has risen in recent weeks as PSG pursued and sealed a world record transfer of Brazil forward Neymar from Barcelona for £198m. The investigation concerns the awarding of broadcast rights to BeIN Media Group.

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.

Published by management consultants Cornerstone Global, Qatar in focus: Is the Fifa World Cup 2022 in danger? stated that many western diplomats had privately expressed their doubts about Qatar hosting the tournament.

"No one has been on remand".

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