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12 October 2017, 07:37 | Anna Jefferson
Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi subject of criminal proceedings
A Swiss court has opened a corruption probe against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari businessman and chief executive of Paris Saint-Germain, and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke.
Valcke is now serving a 10-year suspension for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from World Cup ticket sales.
The proceedings are connected to an ongoing investigation into former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke, and relate to the sale of World Cup TV rights to BeInSports, of which Al-Khelaifi is chief executive.
Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal proceeding against former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Qatar's beIN Media Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the latest escalation in their ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer.
The OAG said the case developed from the initial proceedings against Valcke, who on Wednesday testified at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in his appeal against a 10-year ban from football imposed by FIFA.
"At the same time, in cooperation with the competent authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain, properties were searched in various locations".
Prosecutors said the new investigation was opened in March 2017 and that Valcke was interviewed in Switzerland as a suspect.
Earlier this year, Khelaifi broke the world record for a player transfer fee by signing Brazilian footballer Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million.
BeIN Sports operates a global network of sports channel owned and operated by beIN media group.
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 presumption of innocence applies".
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