Swiss authorities open proceedings against PSG chief over World Cup rights
12 October, 2017, 20:09 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
The proceedings relate to the sale of World Cup TV rights to BeIn Sports, where Al-Khelaifi is chief executive, and are connected to the ongoing investigation into former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke.
Although the investigation was opened on March 20, prosecutors had refrained from publicly revealing it until Thursday, when FIFA's ex-Secretary General Jerome Valcke appeared before investigators for questioning, the prosecutors said, reports Efe.
"The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against the former Secretary General of Federation Internationale de Football Association and against the Chief Executive Officer of the BEIN MEDIA GROUP LLC [Al-Khelaifi] in connection with the award of World Cup media rights", an official statement read.
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has also been investigating former Secretary General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke.
The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of "criminal mismanagement" concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries. He has denied any wrongdoing. He filed an appeal to the ban with the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in February of this year.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi is at the centre of a TV rights deal storm, after Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against the Paris-Saint Germain chairman.
Al Khelaifi's profile has risen in recent weeks as PSG pursued and sealed a world record transfer of Brazil forward Neymar from Barcelona for £198m.
He is also the chairman and CEO of BeIN Media Group was spun off from Al Jazeera Media Network, a Qatar-based media company, in December 2013.
His involvement is a direct link to Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, in investigations led by the United States and Swiss into football corruption.
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