The chairman of Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain and also the sports broadcaster beIN, Nasser al-Khelaifi, continues to be accused in Europe of criminally bribing the previous Fifa secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, to purchase World Cup TV legal rights. Khelaifi, now probably the most effective figures in European and world football, continues to be implicated within the Fifa corruption scandals the very first time, charged with bribing Valcke regarding the obtaining TV legal rights for that 2026 and 2030 tournaments, whose hosts haven’t even been made the decision yet .
Later the OAG announced it had opened up proceedings against Valcke “on suspicion of numerous functions of criminal mismanagement along with other offences” with regards to two matters investigated by Fifa’s ethics committee. Valcke was interviewed like a suspect in Europe , the OAG stated.
Valcke was banned from football for 12 years, later reduced to 10, by Fifa’s ethics committee in Feb this past year for seven breaches from the organisation’s ethics code, including trying to sell TV legal rights for that 2018 and 2022 tournaments for “far below their actual value” . Another allegations discovered by the committee to become proven incorporated unneccessary use of non-public jets and participation within an improper suggested World Cup ticket deal.
“It is suspected that Jérôme Valcke recognized undue advantages” from both men with regards to individuals tournaments, the OAG stated inside a statement.
Within an explosive announcement which revealed a brand new dimension towards the in-depth criminal investigations into alleged corruption at football’s world governing body, the Swiss attorney general’s office (OAG) stated additionally, it opened up a criminal proceeding against Valcke themself. An unnamed estimate the sports legal rights clients are also charged with getting bribed Valcke regarding the obtaining media legal rights for that 2018 World Cup in Russia, 2022 in Qatar, and also the 2026 and 2030 tournaments.
has contacted representatives for Khelaifi and Valcke for comment. Now a legal court of arbitration for sport in Lausanne commenced hearing Valcke’s appeal against his ban by Fifa’s ethics committee.