Paris St. Germain (PSG) chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has had criminal proceedings opened against him by Swiss prosecutors.
The proceedings opened against Qatari businessman Al-Khelaifi, who has been PSG chairman since 2011, are connected to an ongoing investigation into former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, and relate to the sale of World Cup TV rights to BeInSports.
Apart from his role as PSG chairman, Al-Khelaifi is also the chief executive of BeIn Sports.
Last year, The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) disclosed that it was investigating Valcke for “various acts of criminal mismanagement”.
Sequel to that, the OAG revealed on Thursday that 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”.
According to the OAG, the new investigation – that which relates to Al-Khelaifi – is being conducted in partnership with authorities in Greece, Spain, France and Italy, and was opened in March 2017.
It added that its representatives had interviewed the banned Valcke in Switzerland as a suspect on Thursday. Jerome Valcke had earlier been banned by Fifa for 10 years – although he has appealed against the ban.