The Swiss attorney general’s office (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against former FIFA secretary general, JEROME VALCKE and Paris Saint German president, NASSER AL-KHELAIFI in connection to the awarding of World Cup media rights for 2026 and 2030.
Mr VALCKE has been under investigation on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement since March 2016. Findings obtained in that process have led to a separate line of inquiry involving AL-KHELAIFI.
An official statement released by the Swiss attorney general’s office suspected that VALCKE accepted undue advantages from a businessman in the sports rights sector in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 and from NASSER AL-KHELAIFI, who is the Media Group CEO of beIN.
However, the OAG stressed no one has been on remand and the presumption of innocence applies.