PSG chief gave Val­cke villa

The New Paper - - SPORTS -

Ac­cused Paris St Ger­main chair­man Nasser Al Khe­laifi put a Sar­dinian villa at the dis­posal of dis­graced for­mer top Fifa of­fi­cial Jerome Val­cke, Ital­ian po­lice said yes­ter­day.

Al Khe­laifi, the pow­er­ful Qatari sports ex­ec­u­tive who heads the beIN me­dia group, is said to have used the villa in Porto Cervo as a “means of cor­rup­tion” over the sale of me­dia rights for up­com­ing World Cups between 2018 and 2030.

Ital­ian po­lice had searched and seized the lux­ury “Villa Bianca”, owned by an in­ter­na­tional real es­tate agency, in a raid con­ducted in the pres­ence of a “rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Swiss govern­ment”.

The Swiss At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s of­fice said on Thurs­day it had opened a probe into Al-Khe­laifi and Val­cke — who was Sepp Blat­ter’s right-hand man at Fifa — in March, fo­cus­ing on al­le­ga­tions in­clud­ing bribery, fraud, crim­i­nal mis­man­age­ment and forgery of a doc­u­ment.

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