Nasser Al-Khelaifi: Swiss prosecutors investigating PSG chairman

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2017

The Swiss attorney general's office (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection to the awarding of World Cup media rights for 2026 and 2030.

The office of Switzerland's attorney general said the investigation concerns bribes allegedly offered to former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said in a statement that a case was opened on March 20, 2017, against Al-Khelaifi, Valcke and an unnamed businessman from the sports rights sector.

Valcke was alleged to have received "undue advantages" from the businessman, who was not identified, to award "media rights for certain countries" for four World Cups from 2018 through 2030.


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. "The new proceeding has been opened primarily on the basis of findings obtained by the OAG in the earlier proceeding".

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

It added that its representatives had interviewed Valcke in Switzerland as a suspect on Thursday.

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