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PSG president Al-Khelaifi under investigation over bribe - FCNaija

International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 12/10/2017

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. is under criminal investigation by Swiss federal prosecutors along side former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights.


The investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup media rights to Al Khelaifi, who is the chief executive of the BeIN Media Group in a statement.


The statement read: "It is suspected that Jerome Valcke accepted undue advantages from a businessman in the sports rights sector in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030, and from Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030."


"As it announced in March 2016, the OAG (Swiss Attorney General) is already conducting a proceeding against Jerome Valcke, in particular on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement.. This proceeding is still ongoing. The new proceeding has been opened primarily on the basis of findings obtained by the OAG in the earlier proceeding."

The 43-year-old Al-Khelaifi was appointed chairman and chief executive of PSG in 2011 shortly after the club's buyout by a Qatari-led consortium. He was instrumental in the club's successful world record bid to buy Neymar from Barcelona in August.

Valcke was sacked by FIFA in 2016 after being implicated in an alleged scandal involving ticket sales and misuse of exenses. He was subsequently suspended from football for 10 years, a verdict he challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


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