Swiss prosecutors announce corruption probe against former Federation Internationale de Football Association head
13 Октября 2017, 12:08 | Terri Saunders
PSG Chairman Subject of Criminal Investigation Over World Cup Bribery Claims
The allegations against the powerful Qatari sports executive Al-Khelaifi and Valcke, who was Sepp Blatter's long-serving right-hand man at Federation Internationale de Football Association, relate to the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups.
Swiss prosecutors on Thursday opened a criminal investigation into Paris Saint-Germain's chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi over suspected bribery linked to World Cup media rights. Valcke denied any wrongdoing in this case.
Valcke is suspected of accepting bribes paid by the unnamed businessman after awarding the broadcasting rights for the 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 World Cups in some countries, according to prosecutors.
"beIN Media Group refutes all accusations made by OAG".
The latest case stemming from the wider investigation of FIFA's business also saw criminal proceedings opened against Valcke in March 2016.
Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been accused by Swiss prosecutors of bribing a former Federation Internationale de Football Association official for World Cup TV rights.
The charges were filed by the office of the Attorney General of Switzerland.
Valcke, a French national who also holds South African citizenship, was sacked from his post as FIFA's secretary general a year ago amid the corruption scandal that brought world football's governing body to its knees. "The company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation", it said in a statement. He became the chairman and chief executive officer of the French club, who broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar earlier this year, four months later.
The investigation of Al-Khelaifi is the first direct link to Qatar, the host country for the 2022 World Cup, in investigations led by the United States, France and Switzerland into football corruption.
Valcke was FIFA's secretary general under then-president Sepp Blatter from 2007 until he was sacked in January 2016.
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