Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and FIFA‘s former secretary normal Jerome Valcke might be tried in September in a corruption case linked to the attribution of broadcasting rights, the Swiss judiciary stated Tuesday. The 2 might be tried within the southeastern Swiss metropolis of Bellinzona together with a 3rd, unnamed man, for felony mismanagement, incitement to felony mismanagement, falsifying paperwork and corruption, the federal felony courtroom stated. Al-Khelaifi, who can be the boss of Qatari tv channel BeIN Sports activities, is suspected of giving inappropriate presents to Valcke to be able to safe broadcasting rights to prestigious occasions, together with the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
In change Valcke, previously ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter‘s right-hand man, gained, amongst different issues, rent-free entry to a luxurious property on the Italian island of Sardinia.
After the date was set on Tuesday, Al-Khelaifi’s attorneys issued an announcement insisting the case was “utterly unfounded”, and insisted the cost in opposition to their consumer was “manifestly synthetic.”
In addition they indicated that that they had requested the recusal of prosecutors within the case and had filed a felony criticism associated to leaks, “making it unsure whether or not the case will proceed in any respect.”
The indictment, which was printed in February, accused the third man, described as “a businessman within the sports activities rights sector”, of bribery over a 1.25-million-euro ($1.35 million) fee to Valcke’s firm Sportunited LLC.
Valcke additionally stands accused of exploiting his place at FIFA between 2013 and 2015 to affect the award of media rights for Italy and Greece for numerous World Cup and different tournaments scheduled between 2018 and 2030 “to be able to favour media companions that he most popular,” in change for the funds from the unnamed businessman, based on the indictment.
He has additionally been charged with falsifying paperwork, after Sportsunited’s steadiness sheet listed these funds as loans.
Whereas Al-Khelaifi was not indicted for bribery, prosecutors have laid out a severe case of incitement.
It alleges that Valcke was refunded a down-payment of round 500,000 euros that he had made to a 3rd celebration on the acquisition of a villa in Sardinia, after Al-Khelaifi bought the villa via an organization as a substitute of Valcke.
Switzerland’s judiciary final week rejected a request from Al-Khelaifi for 3 federal prosecutors within the case to be recused, over claims that in a listening to on December 6, 2019, he had not been given sufficient time to deal with all the features of the case he deemed had been vital.
Valcke, who labored with Blatter from 2003 to 2015, has already been banned from soccer for 10 years for failing to cooperate with investigators over the resale of World Cup tickets and inflated bills.