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PSG president acquitted, former number 2 Jérôme Valcke escapes prison

The boss of beIN Media and PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, was acquitted by the Swiss justice in a case of television rights, while the former number 2 of Fifa Jérôme Valcke escapes prison and receives 120 days- suspended fine for a secondary charge.

Tried in Switzerland in a TV rights case, the boss of beIN Media and PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, was acquitted on Friday, October 30, while former FIFA number 2 Jérôme Valcke escaped for his part. jail and received a 120-day suspended fine on a secondary charge.

In this case, the first of multiple scandals in world football to result in a judgment in Switzerland, the two men were accused of having concluded a pact behind Fifa’s back under “unfair management” and liable to five years of jail.

In this case, the prosecution requested 28 months’ imprisonment against Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, three years against Jérôme Valcke and 30 months against Dinos Deris, a Greek businessman, with a partial suspension in all three cases.

It was for the Swiss justice to settle for the first time one of the multiple scandals which have surrounded Fifa since 2015, when the United States has already sent two Latin American football leaders behind bars for “racketeering” .

Former right-hand man of fallen FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, Jérôme Valcke was accused of having concluded a pact with Nasser Al-Khelaïfi behind his employer’s back. For the prosecution, Jérôme Valcke had monetized his support for beIN in exchange for “the exclusive use” of a luxury villa on the Sardinian Emerald Coast, bought for him 5 million euros at the end of 2013 by a company briefly owned by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.

With AFP

Gérard Truchon

An experienced journalist in internal and global political affairs, she tackles political issues from all sides

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