Ex-FIFA executive and PSG president investigated in bribery case

PSG's Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA general secretary at centre of criminal probe into World Cup TV rights bribes

PSG's Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA general secretary at centre of criminal probe into World Cup TV rights bribes

The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris St Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights.

The office for the Swiss attorney general made the revelation on its official site on Thursday afternoon, and revealed that proceedings had been opened against the pair since March.

"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.

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

The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST) said "multiple premises were searched, assets were seized and interviews were conducted as a result of this joint operation".

Findings obtained in that process have led to a separate line of inquiry involving PSG president Al-Khelaifi.

The OAG said the investigation relates to "bribery of private individuals, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document".

Valcke was FIFA's CEO-like secretary general under then-president Sepp Blatter from 2007 until he was sacked in January 2016.

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