PSG chairman and BeIN media chief Khelaifi faces fresh accusations

PSG chairman and BeIN media chief Khelaifi faces fresh accusations

As part of the Swiss OAG's criminal probe, the Paris offices of beIN Sports were raided on Thursday, the French financial prosecutor's office confirming that two of its representatives, along with other French officials dealing with anti-corruption and tax avoidance affairs, had carried out the search.

Valcke also allegedly accepted "undue advantages" from an unnamed businessman in the sports rights sector in exchange for the same favorable intervention for the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against Jérôme Valcke, former secretary general of FIFA, and against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chief executive officer of the beIN Media Group, in connection with the award of World Cup media rights.

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".

"I refute the accusations against me or Nasser".

Al-Khelaifi has served as president and chairman of PSG since 2011-the year the club was purchased by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI)-during which time they have largely dominated French football. I have never done that.

The proceedings relate to an ongoing OAG investigation into Valcke that began in March 2016 and was opened on "suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement". I have never received anything in exchange for anything.

Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has denied receiving "undue advantages" from Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. In terms of the request for mutual legal assistance, the OAG was in attendance when these procedures took place.

Valcke is serving a 10-year ban from football after he was found guilty by FIFA's former ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert of misconduct over the sale of World Cup tickets, abuse of travel expenses, attempting to sell TV rights below their market value and destruction of evidence.

After being sacked from his post in January 2016, he was initially banned for 12 years, which was reduced to ten by FIFA's own appeal committee last June.