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Swiss prosecutors charge Al-Khelaifi in FIFA bribery case


(FILES) A combination of file pictures created on February 20, 2020 French former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke (L) in Lausanne on October 11, 2017 and Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in the Qatari capital Doha on January 15, 2019. - Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi and FIFA’s disgraced former secretary general, Jerome Valcke, have been indicted on February 20, 2020 in Switzerland for alleged corruption in the attribution of football broadcasting rights. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI and Karim JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI,KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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BERN, Switzerland -- Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to World Cup television rights.

The office of Switzerland’s attorney general filed an indictment charging Al-Khelaifi with inciting former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke “to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.”

Valcke was charged with accepting bribes, “several counts of aggravated criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents.”

A third person who was not identified was charged with bribery and also for inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.

Al-Khelaifi is the head of Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports and also a member of the UEFA executive committee. He denied wrongdoing after being questioned in 2017 and 2019 in connection with criminal proceedings opened three years ago.