Agencies (Qasioun ) - beIN Media Group has refuted all accusations of corruption by Swiss prosecutors examining the sale of World Cup media rights.
On Thursday, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) opened a corruption investigation against the chief executive officer of beIN Media Group and a former secretary-general of FIFA.
beIN CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke are suspected of bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and forgery of a document, the OAG said in a statement on Thursday.
"It is suspected that Jerome Valcke accepted undue advantages from a businessman in the sports rights sector in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 and from Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030," the OAG statement said.
In addition to heading up beIN, Khelaifi is also chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain Football Club in France.
Prosecutors indicated that Khelaifi was under suspicion only for actions taken as the head of the media group, which operates on five continents.