The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris St Germain chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi and former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights.
The case is related to the corruption claims surrounding former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke and the sale of World Cup TV rights to BeInSports, of which Al-Khelaifi is chief executive.
The Office of Switzerland's Attorney General (OAG) confirmed that the investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to Valcke in return for the Qatari-owned BeIn Sports being awarded the 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights.
While Valcke was being questioned, authorities in France, Greece, Italy and Spain searched "properties" as part of the probe, the Swiss prosecutors said.
Swiss prosecutors said the action was carried out with Eurojust, a European Union agency for co-operation in criminal matters. "The new proceeding has been opened primarily on the basis of findings obtained by the OAG in the earlier proceeding".
"As it announced in March 2016, the OAG (Swiss Attorney General) is already conducting a proceeding against Jerome Valcke, in particular on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement". Recent big money transfers of Neymar, from Barcelona, and teenage star Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, have left other prominent clubs and officials in Europe frustrated at the new spending power of the French team.