World Cup bribery case opened against PSG president, Valcke

12 October 2017 | 16:14

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 12 October 2017 | 16:14

Jerome Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, arrives at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge his ten-year suspension imposed by FIFA in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP)

BERN, Switzerland: Swiss federal prosecutors have announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain.

The office of Switzerland's attorney general says the investigation concerns bribes offered to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group.

The proceeding in the Swiss authorities' broader FIFA investigation is against "Jerome Valcke, the Chief Executive Officer of the BEIN MEDIA GROUP LLC Nasser Al-Khelaifi and a businessman in the sports rights sector," federal prosecutors say.

Swiss prosecutors say Valcke was questioned on Thursday and properties were searched in France, Greece, Italy, and Spain.

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