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PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation

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Swiss prosecutors have opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi for allegedly bribing former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke for the award of media rights at the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland said criminal proceedings have been opened on the basis of what it has found during an investigation into Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.

Last year, The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said it was investigating Valcke for “various acts of criminal mismanagement”.

In a statement on Thursday, the OAG said the new proceedings involving Al-Khelaifi had been “opened on the basis” of its findings.

It said it was “suspected that Jerome Valcke accepted undue advantages from a businessman in the sports rights sector in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 and from Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030”.

Al-Khelaifi is chief executive of broadcaster beIN Sports, whom Valcke allegedly sold the World Cup TV rights to.

Valcke was interviewed in Switzerland as a suspect in the investigation on Thursday, which began in March this year and is a joint operation with French, Greek, Spanish and Italian authorities.

Valcke was banned by Fifa for 10 years – although he has appealed against that ruling.