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PSG Boss In World Cup Bribery Scandal

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Nasser Al-Khelaifi

Paris
Saint-Germain (PSG) Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged in
connection with the award of media rights to various World Cup and
Confederations Cup tournaments, the Swiss Attorney-General’s office (OAG) said
yesterday.

The OAG
also said ex-FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has been charged with
accepting bribes, several counts of aggravated criminal mismanagement and
falsification of documents.

Al-Khelaifi,
a UEFA executive committee member, was charged in his role as beIN Media Group
president, with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement,
along with a businessman in the sports rights sector (third party).

The OAG
statement said that the facts alleged in the indictment are no longer
characterised as fraud, and that Valcke received “undue advantages”
from Al-Khelaifi and the third party in the form of three payments totalling
around €1.25 million and exclusive access to a Sardinian villa rent-free.

Valcke
did not report the advantages to FIFA, which he was required to do as Secretary
General, and falsified the 2013 and 2014 balance sheets of Valcke’s company
Sportunited LLC based on those payments.

The
paying and accepting of bribes are based on allegations that Valcke exploited
his FIFA position to influence Italy and Greece’s World Cup and Confederations
Cup media rights and accepted €1.25m from the third party.

The OAG
added that suspicions Valcke had accepted a luxury watch from Al-Khelaifi in
exchange for his influence were unfounded and related proceedings on that
matter have now been abandoned.

The
proceedings, which opened in March 2017, have been partially abandoned after
FIFA informed the OAG at the end of January that it had reached an
“amicable agreement” with Al-Khelaifi and partially with Valcke.

Al-Khelaifi,
“After an exhaustive three-year investigation, where I have fully and
openly cooperated with the Public Prosecutor in Switzerland, I am pleased that
all charges of bribery in connection with the 2026 and 2030 World Cups have
been dropped.

“As I have said vehemently and repeatedly for three years, the
charges have not ‒ and have
never had ‒ any basis whatsoever, either in fact or law,”
Al-Khelaifi said in a statement.

“After
the most forensic public, private, lawful and unlawful scrutiny of all my
dealings, I have been cleared of all suspicions of bribery and the case has
been dismissed definitively and conclusively.

“While
a secondary technical charge remains outstanding, I have every expectation that
this will be proven completely groundless.”



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