The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris St-Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain, is facing criminal proceedings in Switzerland in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cup.
The Qatari president of one of Europe's most glamorous soccer clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors for suspected bribery of a top Federation Internationale de Football Association executive to get World Cup broadcasting rights.
According to the OAG, Valcke is also suspected of accepting advantages from the businessman for rights to the 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 editions.
Properties in France, Greece, Italy and Spain were searched in an attempt to locate documents relating to the allegations, while Valcke himself was questioned over his involvement in the alleged crimes on Thursday morning.
Al-Khelaifi is a key member of the FIFA World Cup organising commitee.
The criminal proceeding was opened on March 20, but only announced on Thursday, the Swiss federal office said.
The Office of Switzerland's Attorney General (OAG) confirmed that the investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to Valcke in return for the Qatari-owned BeIn Sports being awarded the 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights.
The case stemmed from a wider investigation of FIFA's business that saw criminal proceedings opened against Valcke in March 2016.
Valcke was interviewed by the attorney general's representatives in Geneva on Thursday "as a suspect", the statement said.
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