• Swiss attorney general also opens proceedings against Jérôme Valcke
• Investigation relates to World Cup media rights for 2026 and 2030
The chairman of Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain and the sports broadcaster beIN, Nasser al-Khelaifi, has been accused in Switzerland of criminally bribing the former Fifa secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, to buy World Cup TV rights. Khelaifi, now one of the most powerful figures in European and world football, has been implicated in the Fifa corruption scandals for the first time, accused of bribing Valcke in connection with the award of TV rights for the 2026 and 2030 tournaments, whose hosts have not even been decided yet .
In an explosive announcement which revealed a new dimension to the in-depth criminal investigations into alleged corruption at football’s world governing body, the Swiss attorney general’s office (OAG) said it also opened a criminal proceeding against Valcke himself. An unnamed figure in the sports rights business is also accused of having bribed Valcke in connection with the award of media rights for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 2022 in Qatar, and the 2026 and 2030 tournaments.
Source: Football News
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