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12 October 2017, 07:38 | Charlene Valdez
Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi subject of criminal proceedings
Nasser Al-Khelaifi is at the centre of a TV rights deal storm, after Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against the Paris-Saint Germain chairman.
"The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against the former Secretary General of Federation Internationale de Football Association and against the Chief Executive Officer of the BEIN MEDIA GROUP LLC in connection with the award of World Cup media rights", said the statement on Thursday from Swiss prosecutors, referring to Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.
Prosecutors also said it was working with authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain, where properties had been searched.
Zurich-based Federation Internationale de Football Association, the global soccer body, has been trying to overhaul its operations in the wake of the worst crisis in its history, sparked in 2015 by the indictment in the United States of several dozen soccer officials on corruption-related charges.
Valcke is now serving a 10-year suspension for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from World Cup ticket sales.
Prosecutors said the new investigation was opened in March 2017 and that Valcke was interviewed in Switzerland as a suspect.
The Paris offices of BeIN sports were searched on Thursday as part of the criminal probe, French authorities said.
The accusations ranged from taking private jets for personal use, destroying evidence and trying to force through an undervalued sale of 2018 and 2022 World Cup television rights for the Caribbean.
The businessman is the head of Qatari television network beIN Sports, which was awarded tournament media rights by Federation Internationale de Football Association. He became the chairman and chief executive officer of the French club, who broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar earlier this year, four months later.
"No one has been on remand", added the OAG statement.
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