PARIS: Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain and ceo of beIN Sports Group, has said he will go to Switzerland next seek to meet prosecutors who have laid corruption charges against him.
Last week the Office of the Attorney-General in Switzerland announced criminal investigations over Qatari Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke concerning the award of television rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
Speaking Wednesday night on Canal Plus television, after PSG’s 4-0 win away to Anderlecht in the Champions League, Al-Khelaifi said: “I have an appointment on the 25th. I will go there to speak with them. That’s all.”
The proceeding against Al-Khelaifi is one of the first direct links to Qatar in being considered by observers as one of the first formal cases brought by authorities in Switzerland, the United States, and France investigating the the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding process.
Last week, the Paris offices of BeIN Sports were searched. Properties were searched in Greece, Italy, and Spain while Valcke was questioned in Switzerland.