PSG president faces criminal investigation

PSG president faces criminal investigation”

The Paris offices of beIN Sports were searched on Thursday morning as part of the criminal probe against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.

"It is suspected that Jerome Valcke accepted undue advantages from a business man 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 2003", said a statement from the Swiss attorney general's office.

Al-Khelaifi is chief executive of Qatar's beIN Media Group who are alleged to have paid money to the now-banned former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke in exchange for rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cup. That proceeding is still ongoing.

The 43-year-old Al-Khelaifi is chairman of Qatar Sports Investments which has invested heavily in PSG.

The world football body's Ethics Commission "opened a preliminary investigation into Nasser al-Khelaifi on Thursday evening", a FIFA spokesman said.

Several people "linked to various titles to the company that owns the villa" have been questioned, police added.

Italian police said they had searched and seized the luxury "Villa Bianca" property in Porto Cervo, owned by an international real estate agency and with an estimated value of seven million euros ($8.3 million), in a raid conducted in the presence of a "representative of the Swiss government". "There was never any exchange between Nasser and I. Never". He has denied any wrongdoing.

On Wednesday, Valcke said his reputation had been destroyed by his ten-year ban from football as he appeared before a hearing to overturn the punishment at sport's highest appeal court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

The OAG said the investigation relates to "bribery of private individuals, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document".

Meanwhile, another inspection campaigns were launched in Greece, Italy, and Spain in the framework of the Swiss criminal investigation on the crime of bribing Valcke to buy TV rights to World Cup tournaments.

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