PSG president charged with criminal offences in Switzerland

Paola Ditto
Февраля 20, 2020

Al-Khelaifi released a statement claiming the charges don't have "any basis whatsoever, either in fact or law".

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged with criminal offences in Switzerland over his alleged role in the manipulation of World Cup broadcasting rights by FIFA's former general secretary Jerome Valcke.

A further bribery complaint against Al-Khelaifi has been dropped after Federation Internationale de Football Association reached an "amicable agreement" with the Qatari businessman at the end of January, the statement added.

Al-Khelaifi hailed that part of the decision.

However, the Swiss Attorney General says that FIFA's withdrawal of criminal charges has no impact on their own list of indictments.

The unnamed businessman meanwhile was indicted for bribery after paying Valcke's company Sportunited LLC a total of €1.25 million.

Prosecutors say that they were informed by FIFA last month that they had reached an "amicable agreement" with Al-Khelaifi, along with a "partial" agreement with Valcke, and that world football's governing body had withdrawn criminal complaints with regard to the awarding of media rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.

Valcke was charged with accepting bribes, 'several counts of aggravated criminal mismanagement. and falsification of documents.

Valcke is accused of accepting rent-free accommodation in an Italian villa bought by Al-Khelaifi, who is chairman of the BeIN media group. This May 30, 2015 photo shows FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke during a press conference following the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.

"For that reason, I have requested the relevant Swiss authorities to open a criminal enquiry into the conduct of the investigation", he said, adding that he was considering taking action against media that have "repeatedly published factually-unsupported and highly damaging articles".

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