PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi faces 28-month prison sentence if he loses World Cup TV rights bribery trial over claims he let FIFA general secretary stay at his £6.4m Sardinia villa rent free to help win Middle Eastern media rights
- Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi is standing trial in Switzerland
- The beIN Sport chairman denies bribing FIFA’s former secretary general
- Jerome Valcke also being prosecuted over the awarding of World Cup TV rights
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is facing a prison sentence of more than two years if he is convicted in his World Cup TV rights bribery trial.
Al-Khelaifi is accused of offering former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke use of his villa in Sardinia, Italy, as a favour ahead of the television rights process for the 2026 and 2030 competitions.
The Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona was told on Tuesday that beIN Media Group was awarded the rights in Middle East and Africa, without being put up for tender.
Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser al-Khelaifi could face prison if he loses his bribery case
The chairman of beIN Sport faces charges relating to the awarding of FIFA World Cup rights
Al-Khelaifi is also the chairman of the Qatari broadcast group, who insist they paid full market value for the rights.
According to reports from the proceedings, Valcke requested help buying the Italian house during the negotiations between FIFA and beIN.
Al-Khelaifi then bought the property for €5million, before handing it over to a close associate’s brother, from whom Valcke gained access to it.
Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke (left) is also in the dock in Switzerland
The value of the rent Valcke avoided paying is argued to be about £1.66million.
Prosecutors have called for a 28-month sentence for Al-Khelaifi if he is found guilty. They have asked for a three-year sentence for Valcke if the same verdict is passed on him.
Both men deny the charges and the trial continues.