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PSG President Khelaifi faces Swiss prosecutors in World Cup probe

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Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi was set to be questioned Wednesday by Swiss prosecutors who have accused him of obtaining World Cup media rights through bribery.

Khelaifi, a Qatari with close ties to the Gulf state’s royal family, is under investigation for allegedly striking illegal deals with disgraced former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who had been Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man.

‘No impact’ on PSG from president’s probe

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain are unaffected by the World Cup corruption investigation launched against chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi, a source close to the club has told AFP.

Swiss prosecutors revealed this week they are probing Khelaifi, who heads the Qatari-owned beIN Media group, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups from 2018-2030.

‘No impact’ on PSG from president’s probe

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain are unaffected by the World Cup corruption investigation launched against chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi, a source close to the club has told AFP.

Swiss prosecutors revealed this week they are probing Khelaifi, who heads the Qatari-owned beIN Media group, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups from 2018-2030.

Swiss target PSG boss, ex-FIFA exec in World Cup rights probe

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Geneva (AFP) – Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal corruption probe targeting the head of Paris Saint-Germain football club Nasser Al-Khelaifi and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups.

The Swiss attorney general’s office (OAG) said the probe opened in March and centres on allegations including bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document.

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PSG’s Khelaifi to be quizzed in Swiss World Cup probe on October 25: lawyer

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi will be questioned by Swiss prosecutors on October 25 in a World Cup media rights probe, his lawyer told AFP Wednesday.

Khelaifi, a Qatari, “wanted to be heard as soon as possible by the Swiss attorney general’s office”, the lawyer said, adding that his client “denies any corruption” over the sale of rights for future World Cups.

PSG’s Khelaifi to be quizzed in Swiss World Cup probe on October 25: lawyer

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi will be questioned by Swiss prosecutors on October 25 in a World Cup media rights probe, his lawyer told AFP Wednesday.

Khelaifi, a Qatari, “wanted to be heard as soon as possible by the Swiss attorney general’s office”, the lawyer said, adding that his client “denies any corruption” over the sale of rights for future World Cups.

Hope TV rights scandal ‘will not disrupt’ Qatar WCup: FIFA Sec Gen

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Madrid (AFP) – FIFA’s number two Fatma Samoura said Tuesday she hoped the criminal investigations into the sale of World Cup rights to the Qatari-owned beIN Media group will not “disrupt” Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Swiss prosecutors said last week they had launched a criminal corruption probe targeting Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN media chief, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups in 2018-2030.

Italian police seize villa in World Cup corruption probe

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Rome (AFP) – PSG chairman and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi faced new accusations Friday as Italian police seized a villa in Sardinia used as “a means of corruption” in a World Cup media rights scandal.

Italian police, who have searched the luxury villa in Porto Cervo, said Khelaifi had put the property at the disposal of disgraced ex-FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Italian police seize villa in World Cup corruption probe

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Rome (AFP) – PSG chairman and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi faced new accusations Friday as Italian police seized a villa in Sardinia used as “a means of corruption” in a World Cup media rights scandal.

Italian police, who have searched the luxury villa in Porto Cervo, said Khelaifi had put the property at the disposal of disgraced ex-FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

beIN graft claims test limit of Qatar’s soft power

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Doha (AFP) – Thursday’s bombshell announcement that the Swiss are investigating Qatar’s Nasser Al-Khelaifi and a disgraced former senior FIFA executive on corruption charges places the emirate and world football back under scrutiny.

Investigators are examining allegations of bribery surrounding Khelaifi, head of the Doha-based beIN media group, and ex-FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke, over the sale of World Cup media rights for football’s flagship tournament.

beIN graft claims test limit of Qatar’s soft power

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Doha (AFP) – Thursday’s bombshell announcement that the Swiss are investigating Qatar’s Nasser Al-Khelaifi and a disgraced former senior FIFA executive on corruption charges places the emirate and world football back under scrutiny.

Investigators are examining allegations of bribery surrounding Khelaifi, head of the Doha-based beIN media group, and ex-FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke, over the sale of World Cup media rights for football’s flagship tournament.

Swiss probe PSG’s Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA executive over corruption

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Geneva (AFP) – Switzerland said Thursday it has opened a criminal corruption probe targeting the head of Paris Saint-Germain football club and BEIN media, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke.

The allegations against the powerful Qatari sports executive Al-Khelaifi and Valcke, who was Sepp Blatter’s long-serving right-hand man at FIFA, relate to the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups.

Swiss probe PSG’s Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA executive over corruption

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Geneva (AFP) – Switzerland said Thursday it has opened a criminal corruption probe targeting the head of Paris Saint-Germain football club and BEIN media, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke.

The allegations against the powerful Qatari sports executive Al-Khelaifi and Valcke, who was Sepp Blatter’s long-serving right-hand man at FIFA, relate to the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups.

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG’s Al-Khelaifi, ex-FIFA executive Valcke

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Geneva (AFP) – Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.

“The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against the former Secretary General of FIFA and against the Chief Executive Officer of the BEIN MEDIA GROUP LLC in connection with the award of World Cup media rights,” said the statement on Thursday from Swiss prosecutors, referring to Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.

Swiss open corruption probe against PSG’s Al-Khelaifi, ex-FIFA executive Valcke

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Geneva (AFP) – Switzerland has opened a criminal probe targeting Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, and FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke, over alleged corruption in the sale of World Cup media rights.

“The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened a criminal proceeding against the former Secretary General of FIFA and against the Chief Executive Officer of the BEIN MEDIA GROUP LLC in connection with the award of World Cup media rights,” said the statement on Thursday from Swiss prosecutors, referring to Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.

Banned Jerome Valcke gets October CAS appeal date

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will have his appeal over his 10-year ban from football heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on October 11.

Sepp Blatter’s former righthand man was suspended in September 2015 over the 2014 World Cup tickets scam and was sentenced by FIFA’s ethics committee in February 2016 to a 12-year ban from football.

Banned Jerome Valcke gets October CAS appeal date

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will have his appeal over his 10-year ban from football heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on October 11.

Sepp Blatter’s former righthand man was suspended in September 2015 over the 2014 World Cup tickets scam and was sentenced by FIFA’s ethics committee in February 2016 to a 12-year ban from football.

The more FIFA changes, the more it stays the same

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Over a span of four months, from October 2015 to January 2016, the FIFA Ethics Committee removed the three most powerful men in football – Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke, and Michel Platini – from office, and banned them from the game.

It was an extremely hopeful stretch in the dark history of the world’s governing body.

Banned Valcke sets up business in Spain: sources

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who is banned from football and the target of a Swiss criminal investigation, has resurfaced in Spain and set up an events management business, sources say.

The Frenchman was banned last year for 12 years - reduced to 10 - for ethics breaches and fired by FIFA as part of a corruption scandal that threatened to bring football’s governing body to its knees.

Banned Valcke sets up business in Spain: sources

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who is banned from football and the target of a Swiss criminal investigation, has resurfaced in Spain and set up an events management business, sources say.

The Frenchman was banned last year for 12 years - reduced to 10 - for ethics breaches and fired by FIFA as part of a corruption scandal that threatened to bring football’s governing body to its knees.

Former FIFA executive Valcke challenges 10-year ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – Shamed former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches.

The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.

Former FIFA executive Valcke challenges 10-year ban

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Lausanne (AFP) – Shamed former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches.

The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals.

Kattner challenges FIFA sacking – source tells AFP

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's disgraced former secretary general Markus Kattner has begun legal action to challenge his "unjustified" sacking, a source close to the German told AFP on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old, who was also FIFA's financial chief, was fired with immediate effect on May 23 after the discovery of a secret bonus scheme that paid out millions of dollars over a period of years.

Kattner challenges FIFA sacking – source tells AFP

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's disgraced former secretary general Markus Kattner has begun legal action to challenge his "unjustified" sacking, a source close to the German told AFP on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old, who was also FIFA's financial chief, was fired with immediate effect on May 23 after the discovery of a secret bonus scheme that paid out millions of dollars over a period of years.

Swiss prosecutors say probing Blatter, Valcke and Kattner contracts

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Zurich (AFP) Swiss prosecutors said Friday they were probing the contracts of former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter and two deputies after the organisation revealed they had awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland(OAG) said it was investigating the contracts of Blatter, former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner, following a search of FIFA's headquarters Thursday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Swiss prosecutors say probing Blatter, Valcke and Kattner contracts

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Zurich (AFP) Swiss prosecutors said Friday they were probing the contracts of former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter and two deputies after the organisation revealed they had awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland(OAG) said it was investigating the contracts of Blatter, former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner, following a search of FIFA's headquarters Thursday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Swiss prosecutors say probing Blatter, Valcke and Kattner contracts

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Zurich (AFP) Swiss prosecutors said Friday they were probing the contracts of former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter and two deputies after the organisation revealed they had awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland(OAG) said it was investigating the contracts of Blatter, former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner, following a search of FIFA's headquarters Thursday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Swiss raid on FIFA amid new revelations on Blatter payments

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Zurich (AFP) Swiss investigators have searched the FIFA headquarters as the world football governing body revealed that former president Sepp Blatter and two of his deputies awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments over the past five years.

On a day that FIFA also had to deny media reports that new president Gianni Infantino was under investigation, it said Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner made a coordinated effort to "enrich themselves" and that Swiss and US authorities were being informed.

Swiss raid on FIFA amid new revelations on Blatter payments

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Zurich (AFP) Swiss investigators have searched the FIFA headquarters as the world football governing body revealed that former president Sepp Blatter and two of his deputies awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments over the past five years.

On a day that FIFA also had to deny media reports that new president Gianni Infantino was under investigation, it said Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner made a coordinated effort to "enrich themselves" and that Swiss and US authorities were being informed.

FIFA fires secretary general Jerome Valcke

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FIFA has fired secretary general Jerome Valcke, who is under investigation for misconduct, world football's governing body said Wednesday.

The former right-hand man to Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president banned for eight years, has been accused of aiding a scheme to sell 2014 World Cup tickets on the black market.

FIFA fires secretary general Jerome Valcke

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FIFA has fired secretary general Jerome Valcke, who is under investigation for misconduct, world football's governing body said Wednesday.

The former right-hand man to Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president banned for eight years, has been accused of aiding a scheme to sell 2014 World Cup tickets on the black market.

Wednesday Kickoff: FIFA, Neymar, Roma, and more

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FIFA sacked a top official after being embroiled in scandal since May of 2015, while Spanish court wants Neymar to testify and more:

FIFA's Emergency Committee officially cut ties with Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke, while Dr Markus Kattner will serve as Acting Secretary General in his place.

FIFA investigators are seeking a nine-year ban for ex-secretary general Jerome Valcke

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FIFA investigators on Tuesday requested a nine-year ban against the body's suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke, who was provisionally suspended from soccer in October for 90 days over corruption allegations. The investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee, world soccer's in-house prosecutor, also asked for Valcke's temporary suspension to be extended for 45 days while FIFA's judges weigh evidence against the organization's former second-in-command.

FIFA investigators are seeking a nine-year ban for ex-secretary general Jerome Valcke

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FIFA investigators on Tuesday requested a nine-year ban against the body's suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke, who was provisionally suspended from soccer in October for 90 days over corruption allegations. The investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee, world soccer's in-house prosecutor, also asked for Valcke's temporary suspension to be extended for 45 days while FIFA's judges weigh evidence against the organization's former second-in-command.

Tuesday Kickoff: Guardiola, Mourinho, FIFA, and more

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We're now a couple of days into the January transfer window, and that means rumors, signings and news galore this Tuesday:

Pep Guardiola revealed on Tuesday that he wants to coach in the English Premier League, but also said he hasn't decided on a club to coach just yet. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho is reportedly "frustrated" in waiting for a job at Manchester United, and is set to look into other options.

Watch FIFA’s ExCo Meeting press conference at 9am ET [LIVESTREAMING]

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will participate in a press conference today in Zurich, which will be streamed live beginning at 9am ET.

The extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee meeting is taking place today. During the meeting, the agenda for the elective Congress will be finalized and approved.

Watch FIFA’s ExCo Meeting press conference at 9am ET [LIVESTREAMING]

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will participate in a press conference today in Zurich, which will be streamed live beginning at 9am ET.

The extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee meeting is taking place today. During the meeting, the agenda for the elective Congress will be finalized and approved.

Thursday Kickoff: Natal stadium still under construction; Mexico trounces Israel; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With less than two weeks remaining until the start of the World Cup, it's a race against the clock for Brazil to finish construction on a few remaining unfinished venues.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke visited the Arena Das Dunas in Natal on Wednesday and sent out images on his official Twitter account showing that there were still plenty of areas where seats still need to be installed in the stadium.

FIFA Says World Cup 2022 Will Move to Winter, But Then Backtracks On News

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In the world's worst kept secret, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said today that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar would not be played in the summer.

In an interview with a French radio station, Valcke said:

"The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July. I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 at the latest.

Wednesday Kickoff: FIFA’s Valcke backs winter World Cup; Former pro Hitzlsperger comes out; and more

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By DAN KARELL

If FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke had his way, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would be played in the winter.

In an interview given to radio station France Inter, Valcke claimed that the ideal time for the World Cup to be played in the Persian Gulf nation is beginning in November and ending in either December or January.