Swiss justice ruled on Friday: Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of BeIN sports and PSG, is acquitted. A verdict rendered a month after the end of the trial.
In this case, the first of multiple scandals in world football to result in a judgment in Switzerland, the two men were accused of having concluded a pact behind the back of Fifa, falling under “unfair management” and liable to five years from prison.
At the end of ten days of hearing in September, the prosecution had requested 28 months of imprisonment against the boss of beIN and Paris SG, 3 years against Jérôme Valcke and 30 months against a Greek businessman, Dinos Deris, who was acquitted on Friday on charges of “private corruption”.
In all three cases, the prosecution had requested that the sentences be accompanied by a partial suspension. For parquet, Jérôme Valcke had monetized his support for beIN in exchange for the “exclusive use” of a luxury villa on the Sardinian Emerald Coast, bought for him 5 million euros at the end of 2013 by a company briefly owned by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.
The former secretary general of Fifa admitted to having requested the assistance of the Qatari leader to finance the “Villa Bianca”, a few months before the signing in April 2014 of a contract between beIN and the football body relating to the rights in North Africa and the Middle East of the 2026 and 2030 Worlds.
480 million dollars for the two World Cups
But for the defendants, completely cleared in this section, these two episodes have “nothing to do”: they both evoked a “private” arrangement, ensuring that paying bribes does not would have made no sense since beIN, the only one in contention, paid a very high amount of which Fifa has never complained.
Having become a world giant in sports rights, the Qatari channel has in fact spent $ 480 million for two World Cups, 60% more than for the 2018 and 2022 Worlds, a contract described by Jérôme Valcke as “amazing”, “Fantastic”, “sublime for Fifa”.
In a second case attached to the same hearing, Jérôme Valcke was sentenced to a 120-day suspended fine for “forgery in the titles”, but acquitted of the charge of “private corruption”, after having touched 1.25 million euros from Dinos Deris.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr