Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged with corruption after being found guilty of attempting to buy the rights to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships in Doha.
Al-Khelaifi is also chairman of BeIN Sports.
Breaking from Switzerland’s attorney general:— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) February 20, 2020
Nasser Al-Khelaifi (chairman of BeIN and Paris Saint-Germain president) indicted over the award of FIFA World Cup rights
Ex-FIFA Secretary General Jerôme Valcke also indicted
According to reports, former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has also been charged alongside Nasser, for accepting bribes, aggravated criminal mismanagement, and falsification of documents.
Valcke charged in Switzerland with accepting bribes, aggravated criminal mismanagement, falsification of documents.— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) February 20, 2020
Khelaifi charged with “inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement” https://t.co/kHGMHZXiGD
An official who spoke to the media with the promise of anonymity has also told The Associated Press that Al-Khelaifi had been charged with 'active corruption' in mid-May.
The AS adds that Al-Khelaifi is said to have bought a villa in Sardinia, Italy, and he let Valcke stay in it over 18 months without paying rent, saving him somewhere between €900,000 and €1.8 million.
We should, however, note that the crimes Al-Khelaifi has been charged with have nothing to do with his ownership of PSG.
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