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Criminal proceedings opened in World Cup media-rights case
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Criminal proceedings opened in World Cup media-rights case

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Jerome Valcke and Nasser Al-Khelaifi will be investigated as part of criminal proceedings brought by the Swiss attorney general's office.
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The Swiss attorney general's office (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection to the awarding of World Cup media rights for 2026 and '30.

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".

Findings obtained in that process have led to a separate line of inquiry involving Al-Khelaifi, president of France's Paris-St. Germain FC.

The OAG stressed "no one has been on remand" and "the presumption of innocence applies".

An official statement read: "It is suspected that Jerome 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 in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030."


Addresses in France, Greece, Italy and Spain have been raided in relation to the investigation.

Valcke — who was interviewed Thursday — is in the process of appealing his 10-year ban from soccer at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Frenchman was found guilty of a series of breaches of FIFA's code of ethics and was fired in January 2016, though he has continued to deny any wrongdoing.

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