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Soccer-Valcke denies receiving "undue advantages" from Al-Khelaifi

Soccer-Valcke denies receiving

Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal proceeding against former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Qatar's beIN Media Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the latest escalation in their ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer.

A statement from the OAG said it was "suspected that Jerome Valcke accepted undue advantages from a businessman in the sports rights sector in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 and from Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for certain countries at the FIFA World Cups in 2026 and 2030". I have never received anything in exchange for anything.

Valcke was the right-hand man to disgraced former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, before being banned for 10 years over an alleged ticket scam at the 2014 World Cup.

As part of the Swiss OAG's criminal probe, the Paris offices of beIN Sports were raided on Thursday, the French financial prosecutor's office confirming that two of its representatives, along with other French officials dealing with anti-corruption and tax avoidance affairs, had carried out the search.

A police video showed a sequestration order on the villa's fine wooden gate, palm trees in a well-kept garden, and a white house with a Spanish-style roof. In terms of the request for mutual legal assistance, the OAG was in attendance when these procedures took place.

"We can confirm that the Investigatory Chamber of the independent Ethics Committee will initiate a preliminary investigation into the matter", the spokesman said.

A view of a villa in Porto Cervo on the Italian Sardinia island seized by the Italian Police. Fiscales federales suizos iniciaron una causa penal por sospechas de sobornos a Valcke vinculadas a los derechos de transmisión de la Copa del Mundo contra Nasser Al-Khelafi, presidente del Paris Saint-Germain.

Meanwhile, another inspection campaigns were launched in Greece, Italy, and Spain in the framework of the Swiss criminal investigation on the crime of bribing Valcke to buy TV rights to World Cup tournaments.