UEFA left red faced after executive committee member and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is charged in connection with bribery investigation… less than a week after banning Manchester City from Champions League for two years
- FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been accused of accepting bribes
- Valcke is alleged to have accepted bribes in return for television rights
- Nasser Al-Khelaifi is said to have allowed Valcke to stay rent-free in his villa
- Al-Khelaifi has denied the allegations and says he will prove they’re ‘groundless’
UEFA have been left in a potentially embarrassing position after executive committee member and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was charged in connection with a bribery investigation – less than a week after the governing body banned Manchester City from European competition for two years.
The Swiss attorney general’s office announced that Al-Khelaifi has been charged with inciting former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to commit criminal mismanagement in relation to the awarding of media rights for FIFA tournaments.
The three-year probe has seen Valcke accused of accepting bribes in return for television rights, including the claim he stayed rent-free at an Italian villa bought by Al-Khelaifi, who is chairman of the BeIN media group. It is said this saved Valcke up to £1.5million in rent, which he failed to disclose.
UEFA executive committee member Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged in bribery case
FIFA official Jerome Valcke is alleged to have accepted bribes in return for television rights
Al-Khelaifi denies the allegations and released a statement saying the charge ‘will be proven completely groundless and without any substance whatsoever’.
The 46-year-old was elected onto Uefa’s executive committee earlier this month, a move which raised eyebrows given PSG are being investigated for breaches of financial fair play (FFP).
It was announced last week that City have been banned from European competition for two years having been found by Uefa to have committed ‘serious breaches’ of FFP regulations. The Premier League champions have appealed against the ruling and will take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Meanwhile, a more serious bribery charge against Al-Khelaifi was dropped after he reached an out-of-court agreement with FIFA. Those allegations were in relation to the award of media rights for the World Cup tournaments in 2026 and 2030.
Al-Khelaifi’s involvement in bribery investigation comes less than a week after Man City ban