Former FIFA secretary normal Jerome Valcke and the chairman of Qatarbased media group BeIN Sports, Nasser AlKhelaifi, went on trial in Switzerland on Monday over the award of tv rights for the World Cup and Confederations Cup.
- Last Updated: September 14, 2020, 3:00 PM IST
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BELLINZONA, Switzerland: Former FIFA secretary normal Jerome Valcke and the chairman of Qatar-based media group BeIN Sports, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, went on trial in Switzerland on Monday over the award of tv rights for the World Cup and Confederations Cup.
The 59-year-old Valcke, already banned by FIFA’s ethics committee for 10 years for ethics violations, has been charged with accepting bribes, aggravated legal mismanagement and falsification of paperwork.
Al-Khelaifi, who can be president of French champions Paris St Germain and sits on the manager committee of European soccer physique UEFA, has been charged with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated legal mismanagement.
A former Davis Cup tennis participant for Qatar, the 46-year-old Al-Khelaifi is thought to be some of the highly effective males in European soccer.
Both males, who have been current in court docket, deny wrongdoing and Al-Khelaifi’s legal professionals have mentioned that almost all of the case doesn’t apply to their consumer.
The trial in Switzerland, which is the place FIFA relies, is predicted to final till Sept. 25 and the three federal judges are anticipated to ship a verdict by the tip of October.
The Swiss legal professional normal’s workplace has alleged that between 2013 and 2015 Valcke exploited his FIFA function to affect the award of media rights for numerous World Cup and Confederations Cup tournaments “to favour media partners that he preferred”.
Valcke additionally obtained unique use of a villa belonging to Al-Khelaifi in Sardinia for 18 months, it mentioned, with out having to pay a hire estimated at between 900,000 euros ($1.07 million) and 1.eight million euros ($2.13 million).
Valcke, 59, was secretary normal of world soccer’s ruling physique for eight years till 2015, overseeing the organisation of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014.
Swiss prosecutors have been investigating corruption surrounding FIFA since 2015, when the worldwide soccer physique grew to become embroiled within the worst corruption scandal in its historical past.
The scandal led to its President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini being banned from the game, whereas a number of dozen officers have been indicted within the United States on corruption-related fees.
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris)