UEFA left red face after executive committee member and PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is charged with bribery investigation … less than a week after banning Manchester City from the Champions League for two years
- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has been accused of accepting a bribe
- Valcke would have accepted bribes in exchange for television rights
- Nasser Al-Khelaifi would have allowed Valcke to rent in his villa without rent
- Al-Khelaifi has denied the allegations and says he will prove that they are “unfounded.”
UEFA has been left in a potentially embarrassing position after member of the executive committee and PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi was charged with a bribery investigation – less than a week after the Manchester City governing body banned European competition for two years.
The Swiss Attorney General’s Office has announced that Al-Khelaifi has been accused of inciting former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke to commit criminal maladministration with regard to the granting of media rights for FIFA tournaments.
The three-year probe has accused Valcke of accepting a bribe in exchange for television rights, including the claim that he remained rent-free in an Italian villa purchased by Al-Khelaifi, who is chairman of the BeIN media group. It is said that this saved Valcke up to £ 1.5 million in rent, which he did not disclose.
Member of the UEFA executive committee Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged with bribery
FIFA official Jerome Valcke would have accepted bribes in exchange for television rights
Al-Khelaifi denies the allegations and has issued a statement stating that the indictment will be proven “completely unfounded and without any substance.”
The 46-year-old was elected to the Uefa executive committee earlier this month, a movement that has raised eyebrows as PSG is being investigated for financial fair play violations (FFP).
Last week it was announced that City would not have a European competition for two years because Uefa judged it had committed “serious violations” of the FFP regulations. The Premier League champions have appealed the decision and will submit their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Meanwhile, a more serious bribery against Al-Khelaifi was withdrawn after he reached an out-of-court agreement with FIFA. Those allegations related to the granting of media rights for the World Cup tournaments in 2026 and 2030.
Al-Khelaifi’s involvement in bribery comes less than a week after the ban on Man City