Swiss prosecutors have opened an investigate into PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi

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Swiss prosecutors open up criminal proceedings against PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi over alleged bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights.

Al-Khelaifi, chief executive officer of the Qatari beIN Media Group and chairman of Ligue 1 leaders PSG, is suspected of giving "undue advantages" to Jerome Valcke, the former secretary general of global football governing body FIFA, in connection to media rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.

The office for the Swiss attorney general made the revelation on its official site on Thursday afternoon, and revealed that proceedings had been opened against the pair since March.


The investigation involves alleged bribes offered to former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke to award the 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group.

Addresses in France, Greece, Italy and Spain have been raided in relation to the investigation.

The Paris offices of BeIN Sports were searched by two magistrates from the French financial prosecutor's office, the federal agency said.


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.

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".

The proceedings relate to an ongoing OAG investigation into Valcke that began in March 2016 and was opened on "suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement".


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