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Former FIFA secretary general and Bein sports chairman indicted in Switzerland

FOOTBALL By Reuters | February 20th 2020
FIFA's headquarters in Zurich. [Courtesy]

Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke and the chairman of the BeIN media group Nasser Al-Khelaifi have been charged in connection with the award of media rights to various World Cup and Confederations Cup tournaments, the Swiss Attorney-General's office (OAG) said Thursday.

Valcke was charged with accepting bribes, several counts of aggravated criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents, the OAG said in a statement.

Al-Khelaifi and a third person, an unnamed businessman, were charged with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.

This May 30, 2015 photo shows FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke during a press conference following the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland. According to June 1, 2015 media reports, federal authorities Valcke made some USD10 million in questionable bank transactions. [AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI]

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