Jérôme Valcke had previously been sentenced to a suspension of 10 years by the internal justice of the Fifa — Felipe Dana/AP/SIPA
This is not really a surprise. Indicted for bribery in connection with the grant of rights media for several football world Cups, a case which also involved the president of the Paris Saint-Germain and the leader of the group beIN Sports, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi,
Jerome Valcke denies bulk of the accusations to which he is subject.
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“They say that there has been payments of money of Nasser to me from the sale of rights to a tariff of a presidential decree. But I haven’t received anything from Nasser, ” says the former general secretary of Fifa in an interview with the French daily sports newspaper L’equipe. “There has never been any exchange between Nasser and me. Ever. “
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The public ministry of the Confederation (MPC) in switzerland announced on Thursday that they have initiated an investigation on march 20, 2017, against the time of Jerome Valcke, already suspended 10 years for other facts of corruption, and the Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, ” in connection with the grant of rights media for the world Cups of football “.
“This was not my choice”
Jerome Valcke is suspected of “taking undue advantage […] of the hand of a man of affairs in the field of sports rights in respect of the football world Cups 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030, and the share of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi in regards to the world Cups, the Fifa 2026 and 2030,” said the MPC.
The group beIN Media has refuted Thursday “all charges” by the court. Jérôme Valcke ” refutes the charges against (him) or against Nasser “. He explains to The Team that ” everything that is trading of rights on the tv has always been done by the department concerned and the final decision was always in the hands of the finance committee and the executive committee of Fifa. This was not my choice, my decision or my power to make this kind of transaction without it being validated.