Reuters ARND WIEGMANN
The French newspaper “Le Monde” reported, on Tuesday, that the Swiss Public Prosecutor’s Office demanded the imprisonment of the president of Paris Saint-Germain and the Qatari “beIN Sports” group, Nasser Al-Khulaifi, for 28 months.
The Swiss prosecutor has also demanded the imprisonment of Frenchman Jerome Falk, former FIFA Secretary General, to 3 years in prison.
Al-Khulaifi, 46, is being tried in a corruption case related to the granting of television rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, accused of inciting unfair mismanagement.
This complex case is one of the corruption scandals that have rocked world football and its FIFA since 2015.
The Swiss public prosecutor accused Al-Khulaifi of granting former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Falk the right to use a luxury villa in Italian Sardinia in exchange for his support in obtaining television broadcasting rights for the World Cup finals (2026 and 2030) in the Middle East and North Africa regions.
However, this accusation was dropped from the case after an amicable agreement at the end of January between FIFA and the Qatari official, the provisions of which were not revealed.
Therefore, they were charged with another charge, which is “unfair management”, where the Swiss judiciary accuses Falk of “keeping for himself” benefits that should have gone to FIFA, and Al-Khulaifi for inciting him to do so.
The trial is currently underway in Switzerland and is expected to last until September 25, before three federal judges issue their verdicts by the end of October.