Ex-FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke faces second corruption trial

Jerome Valcke, ex-secretary general of FIFA, is due to appear in a Swiss Court of Appeals on corruption charges related to World Cup broadcasting rights. By his side on the stand will be Nasser Al-Khelafi, President of Paris Saint-Germain and Chairman of beIN Sports. He is accused of offering Valcke “undue advantages” in exchange for […]

Arthur Ferridge
12th March 2022
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Jerome Valcke, ex-secretary general of FIFA, is due to appear in a Swiss Court of Appeals on corruption charges related to World Cup broadcasting rights.

By his side on the stand will be Nasser Al-Khelafi, President of Paris Saint-Germain and Chairman of beIN Sports. He is accused of offering Valcke “undue advantages” in exchange for exclusive broadcasting rights of the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.

Al-Khelafi is also a member of UEFA’s executive committee and was instrumental in blocking the creation of the Super League in 2021.

Al-Khelafi was instrumental in blocking the creation of the Super League in 2021

These advantages included free use of Al-Khelafi’s Sardinia holiday home and undisclosed payments from Greek businessman Dinos Deris, who has a long history of corruption.

Valcke and Al-Khelafi were first tried in 2020, and, despite acknowledging Valcke’s “undue advantages,” were found innocent. The court claimed that the men’s shady dealings were outweighed by FIFA’s potential to profit from the $480 million deal, stating that the deal was in their best interest.

Valcke was, however, found guilty of forging documents, but the nature of these documents is not known. He was sentenced to 120 days in prison, which was suspended, and was ordered to pay $1.9 million in reparations to FIFA as well as his opponent's legal fees, which totalled $81,000.

To add insult to injury, he has also received sanctions from FIFA’s Ethics Committee in the form of a ban from all football-related activity until 2032.

Valcke, Al-Khelafi, and Deris’ trial will last four days, and will likely take place in the coming weeks.

FIFA is not unused to dealing with corrupt employees, and Valcke is merely the latest in a long line of corrupt officials. He follows in the footsteps of the infamous Sepp Blatter, who was charged with fraud and misappropriation of funds after making an unauthorized $2 million payment to Michael Platini in the hopes of swaying an influential FIFA presidential election vote.

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