Paris Saint-Germain Club President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke were indicted in Switzerland for alleged corruption of the attribution of football broadcast rights.
PSG club president and former FIFA secretary-general are indicted. The office of the Swiss Attorney General’s Office (OAG) on February 20 said in a statement that the two officials had been charged in connection with giving media rights to various World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments. A third, anonymous suspect in the case – described by Swiss prosecutors as a sports entrepreneur – was also charged.
Al-Khelaifi – who is also the owner of Qatar’s BeIN Sports TV channel, is suspected of giving inappropriate gifts to Valcke – including free access to a luxury property – to secure broadcast rights for prestigious events, including the World Cup. Valcke – who was previously considered the right-hand man of former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, is suspected of giving broadcast rights in exchange for bribes. “Investigations show that Valcke has received undue benefits from both accomplices”, an OAG statement said.
OAG also found that Valcke was refunded about 500,000 euros that he paid to a third party for buying a villa in Sardinia. In fact, Al-Khelaifi bought this mansion for Valcke for about 7 million euros. On the other hand, OAG also suspected Valcke had received an expensive watch from Al-Khelaifi to make the misconduct more serious. The unnamed businessman also faced similar allegations, when he was charged with bribing for paying Valunke’s Sportunited LLC a total of €1.25 million.
Mr. Valcke is also accused of using his authority at FIFA from 2013 to 2015 to influence the media rights award for Italy and Greece for other World Cups and tournaments scheduled for 2018. by 2030 to support his preferred media partners to receive payments from anonymous businessmen.
In 2016, Valcke was banned by FIFA from participating in football activities for 10 years for falsifying documents and corruption.