Nasser Al-Khulaifi acquitted of a corruption case in television rights

On Friday, a Swiss federal court acquitted Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of the French club Paris Saint-Germain and the “BN” media group, of corruption charges in the case of broadcasting rights for television broadcasts of the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
The court also acquitted former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke of the same charges, but was given an 11-month suspended prison sentence on charges of bribery and document forgery in a separate case.
Al-Khelaifi was accused of inciting Falk to commit “aggravated criminal mismanagement”. Falk, who until 2015 was the right-hand man of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, faces the bulk of the charges linked to two separate cases related to television rights.
Prosecutors accuse Falk of obtaining from Al-Khelaifi in 2013 the exclusive use of a luxury villa on the Italian island of Sardinia, worth five million euros ($5.9 million), in exchange for his support for beIN’s acquisition of television rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups in the Middle East and North Africa regions. .
Al-Khelaifi denied buying the property in question or having promised to give it to Falk.
In return, the prosecution said that Falk committed “to do everything in his power” to ensure that beIN became the exclusive carrier in the region for the two World Cups, an agreement reached on April 29, 2014, and has not been disputed by FIFA since then.
Falk was also accused of using his position at FIFA between 2013 and 2015 to influence the granting of television rights in Italy and Greece to various versions of the World Cup and other tournaments scheduled between 2018 and 2030 “in return for receiving 1.25 million euros in three installments from Greek businessman Dinos Deris, who directed It is also important to him.

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