PSG - Fifa to investigate Al-Khelaifi chairman

PSG chairman subject of criminal proceedings

PSG chairman subject of criminal proceedings

Swiss prosecutors suspect former FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke, "accepted undue advantages" from Al-Khelaifi "in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030".

According to Conn's report, criminal proceedings have also been opened against an "unnamed figure in the sports rights business", who is said to have also bribed Valcke.

Details of the alleged corruption were revealed one day after Swiss federal prosecutors oversaw evidence-gathering raids in four European countries for a widening investigation of FIFA and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar.

"I just want to say that it's not true".

The world football body's Ethics Commission "opened a preliminary investigation into Nasser al-Khelaifi on Thursday evening", a FIFA spokesman said. "I have never received anything in exchange for anything", Valcke told French sports daily L'Equipe on Friday. I have received nothing from Nasser, I can assure you.

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 a contract and Mr Valcke paid the rent", Stephane Ceccaldi said.

The new proceeding has been opened primarily on the basis of findings obtained by the OAG in this earlier proceeding. The latest turn of events relates to the sale of World Cup TV rights to beIN Sports, of which Al-Khelaifi is chief executive.

Paris Saint-Germain chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is under criminal investigation for bribery over the sale of World Cup media rights. The Independent's Luke Brown reported this summer's extravagant spending of more than £200 million on world-record signing Neymar, as well as the future £166 million purchase of Kylian Mbappe, could breach Financial Fair Play rules.

After being sacked from his post in January 2016, he was initially banned for 12 years, which was reduced to 10 by FIFA's own appeal committee last June.

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