BeIN 'refutes all allegations' amid Swiss investigation

Valcke is accused of accepting 'undue advantages' from Al Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups

Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been accused by Swiss prosecutors of bribing a former Federation Internationale de Football Association official for World Cup TV rights.

The Swiss attorney general's office (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke in connection to the awarding of World Cup media rights for 2026 and 2030.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has also been investigating former Secretary General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke.

The Paris offices of BeIN Sports were searched on Thursday as part of a criminal probe against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi, French authorities said.

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

"The company will fully co-operated with the authorities and is confident as to the future development of this investigation".

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Al-Khelaifi's profile has risen in recent weeks as PSG pursued and sealed a world record transfer of Brazil star Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($260 million) as it targeted a first Champions League title.

PSG have been led by Al-Khelaifi since 2011 following their takeover by Qatar Sports Investments. Khelaifi is also chairman of the Qatari-owned Paris St. -Germain soccer club.

The proceedings relate to an ongoing OAG investigation into Valcke that began in March 2016 and was opened on "suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement".

The investigation was opened in March and is separate from a probe Switzerland launched against Valcke in March of 2016 over alleged criminal mismanagement during his tenure as deputy to FIFA's disgraced former president Sepp Blatter.

The probe extends scrutiny of world soccer, has been in turmoil since US prosecutors said in 2015 that soccer officials had taken nearly $200 million in bribes from sports-marketing executives in the Americas seeking media and marketing rights to tournaments.

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