Вторник, 12 Декабря, 2017

Valcke denies receiving 'undue advantages' from Al-Khelaifi — Soccer

Swiss Attorney General opens criminal investigation into PSG chairman Swiss open criminal case against ex-FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO
Eduardo Anchondo | Октября 13, 2017, 21:11

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against Jérôme Valcke, former secretary general of FIFA, and against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chief executive officer of the beIN Media Group, in connection with the award of World Cup media rights.

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.

Al-Khelaifi has served as president and chairman of PSG since 2011-the year the club was purchased by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI)-during which time they have largely dominated French football.

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

Findings obtained in that process have led to a separate line of inquiry involving PSG President Khelaifi.

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

beIN Sports, formerly Al-Jazeera Sports, is one of the most powerful broadcasters in world football, owning broadcast rights across the Middle East and North Africa including for Champions League and European Championship matches.

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

"The company will fully co-operated with the authorities and is confident as to the future development of this investigation".

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

The Qatar broadcaster has denied any wrongdoing while confirming French authorities had raided the company's Paris offices at the request of Swiss authorities. The FIFA executive was accused of attempting to sell World Cup television rights below their market value, abuse of travel expenses and destruction of evidence.

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.

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