Swiss prosecutors announce corruption probe against former Federation Internationale de Football Association head

Jerome Valcke former FIFA secretary general was allegedly offered bribes to secure broadcast rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cup finals

Switzerland's attorney general has opened the case against the Qatari businessman over concerns that he attempted to bribe ex-FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke for the rights to show the World Cup on BeIn Sports - the broadcasting company at which that Al-Khelaifi is chief executive.

BeIn Media Group, PSG, FIFA and Valcke were not immediately available for comment.

The case stemmed from a wider investigation of Fifa's business that saw criminal proceedings opened against Valcke in March 2016.

Swiss prosecutors on Thursday announced they were opening a new criminal investigation against a former Federation Internationale de Football Association chief and two businessmen for alleged corruption offences related to the soccer World Cup broadcasting rights.

Valcke is suspected of "accepting undue advantages" in connection to the sale of media rights for the World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.

Valcke, a French national who also holds South African citizenship, was sacked from his post as FIFA's secretary general previous year amid the corruption scandal that brought world football's governing body to its knees.

Valcke was interviewed by the attorney general's representatives in Geneva on Thursday "as a suspect", the statement said.

Prosecutors also said it was working with authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain, where properties had been searched.

Findings obtained in that process have led to a separate line of inquiry involving PSG president Al-Khelaifi.

Earlier this year, Khelaifi broke the world record for a player transfer fee by signing Brazilian footballer Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million. Many relate to the sale of broadcast and marketing rights, with Federation Internationale de Football Association insiders accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for sweetheart deals with broadcasters and promoters.

Valcke is now serving a 10-year suspension for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from World Cup ticket sales.

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