Nasser Al-Khelaifi is at the centre of a TV rights deal storm, after Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against the Paris-Saint Germain chairman.
The Swiss attorney general's office (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection to the awarding of World Cup media rights for 2026 and 2030.
The investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to former Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Jerome Valcke to award 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group, the office of Switzerland's attorney general said on Thursday.
The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of "criminal mismanagement" concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries.
The 2018 and 2022 World Cup will be played in Russian Federation and Qatar respectively, while the 2026 and 2030 tournaments have not yet been awarded.
Swiss prosecutors said Valcke was questioned on Thursday and properties were searched in France, Greece, Italy and Spain.
The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST) said "multiple premises were searched, assets were seized and interviews were conducted as a result of this joint operation".
The case stemmed from a wider investigation of FIFA's business that saw criminal proceedings opened against Valcke in March 2016.
The 43-year-old Al-Khelaifi is chairman of Qatar Sports Investments which has invested heavily in PSG. He was instrumental in the club's successful world record bid to buy Neymar from Barcelona in August.