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PSG's Qatari president under investigation in Federation Internationale de Football Association 'bribery' case

PSG's Qatari president under investigation in Federation Internationale de Football Association 'bribery' case

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said in a statement that a case was opened on March 20, 2017, against Al-Khelaifi, Valcke and an unnamed businessman from the sports rights sector.

Al-Khelaifi is a key member of the FIFA World Cup organising commitee.

Swiss prosecutors have opened criminal proceedings against Paris St-Germain's chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi over the sale of World Cup TV rights.

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

It added that the operation had been carried out in conjunction with the EuroJust body and Swiss authorities.

BeIn Media Group, PSG, FIFA and Valcke were not immediately available for comment.

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According to the OAG, Valcke is also suspected of accepting advantages from the businessman for rights to the 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 editions.

Valcke was sacked by Federation Internationale de Football Association in January 2016 in connection with affairs around World Cup tickets and television rights.

Earlier this year, Khelaifi broke the world record for a player transfer fee by signing Brazilian footballer Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million.

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 investigation was opened in March and is separate from a probe Switzerland launched against Valcke in March 2016 over alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as deputy to FIFA's disgraced former president Sepp Blatter.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is seeking a share of more than $200 million held by the U.S. Department of Justice which secured forfeits from soccer and marketing officials in its ongoing investigation.


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