Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi subject of criminal proceedings

Swiss open criminal case against ex-FIFA official Valcke, beIN CEO

Khelaifi, Valcke and the unnamed businessman are collectively suspected of bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document, in a criminal proceeding - effectively an investigation rather than charges - ongoing since 20 March this year.

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

PSG chairman and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi faced fresh accusations Friday as Italian police said he had put a Sardinian villa at the disposal of disgraced ex-FIFA executive Jerome Valcke.

Several people "linked to various titles to the company that owns the villa" have been questioned, police added.

The world football body's Ethics Commission "opened a preliminary investigation into Nasser al-Khelaifi on Thursday evening", a FIFA spokesman said. I have never received anything in exchange for anything. I have received nothing from Nasser, I can assure you.

"There was a contract and Mr Valcke paid the rent", Stephane Ceccaldi said.

Al-Khelaifi was not present Thursday when the Paris offices of BeIN were raided by French authorities joined by Swiss investigators.

The Frenchman, whose job was to ensure the smooth running of FIFA, and in particular the World Cup, was the right-hand man to now banned president Sepp Blatter before both were embroiled in a corruption scandal which swept FIFA in 2015.

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.

"The company will fully co-operated with the authorities and is confident as to the future development of this investigation". BBC Sport explained United States prosecutors alleged Valcke had knowledge of a $10 million bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup for South Africa.

Valcke was sacked by FIFA in January 2016 in connection with affairs around World Cup tickets and television rights.

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