Italian police seize luxury villa in World Cup broadcast rights probe

Italian police say they seized a luxury villa in Sardinia allegedly used by PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi to bribe former FIFA official Jerome Valcke.

By: AP | Rome | Published: October 13, 2017 9:46 pm
Swiss federal prosecutors oversaw raids in four countries for criminal proceedings against Al-Khelaifi. (Source: Reuters)

Italian police say they seized a luxury villa in Sardinia allegedly used by Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi to bribe former FIFA official Jerome Valcke.

On Thursday, Swiss federal prosecutors said they oversaw raids in four countries for criminal proceedings against Al-Khelaifi and Valcke linked to awarding television rights for the next four World Cups.

Al-Khelaifi is also CEO of Qatar-owned BeIN Media Group, which has World Cup rights across the Middle East through 2030, including the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Italy’s financial police say they raided a villa valued at seven million euros ($8.3 million) in Porto Cervo, owned by an international real estate company.

The property was allegedly made available to Valcke, FIFA’s CEO-like secretary general from 2007 until being fired in January 2016 amid separate corruption claims.

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