Prosecutors Open Bribery Case Against PSG President

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The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris St-Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights. It cited cooperation from a European Union criminal investigation agency.

The statement from Switzerland's top prosecutor also alleges illegal dealings with "Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030".

BeIN Sports' office in Paris were searched on Thursday as part of a criminal probe against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi, according to French authorities.

Then, FIFA gave the Swiss federal office a report and evidence from its then-ethics prosecutor - former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia - into the dual World Cup bidding contest won by Russian Federation and Qatar.

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

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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.

Findings obtained in that process have led to a separate line of inquiry involving PSG president Al-Khelaifi.

Since FIFA's much-discredited executive committee picked Russian Federation and Qatar in December 2010, the gas-rich emirate has bought up PSG with sovereign wealth and installed Al-Khelaifi as president.

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