Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG's Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA executive

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG's Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA executive

The accusations ranged from taking private jets for personal use, destroying evidence and trying to force through an undervalued sale of 2018 and 2022 World Cup television rights for the Caribbean.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain, is facing criminal proceedings in Switzerland in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cup.

Federal prosecutors say the new proceedings are connected with an ongoing investigation which the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) opened past year against former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to "various acts of criminal mismanagement".

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.

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

Prosecutors said the new investigation was opened in March 2017 and that Valcke was interviewed in Switzerland as a suspect.

Switzerland authorities have opened criminal proceedings against the chairman of French football club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Properties in France, Greece, Italy and Spain were searched in an attempt to locate documents relating to the allegations, while Valcke himself was questioned over his involvement in the alleged crimes on Thursday morning.

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 businessman is the head of Qatari television network beIN Sports, which was awarded tournament media rights by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"No one has been on remand".

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