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Qatari Exec Set to Meet Investigators in FIFA Bribery Case

  • Associated Press

FILE - Chairman of Paris Saint-Germain Nasser al-Khelaifi and French soccer player Kylian Mbappe, right, attend a press conference in Paris, Sept. 6, 2017.

Qatari soccer and television executive Nasser al-Khelaifi was scheduled to be questioned by Swiss investigators who allege he bribed a top FIFA official in World Cup broadcasting rights deal.

Al-Khelaifi, the Paris Saint-Germain president, was set to meet with Switzerland's federal prosecutors on Wednesday, two weeks after they revealed criminal proceedings against him.

He denies wrongdoing and has not been charged.

As CEO of BeIN Media Group — formerly Al Jazeera Sports — Al-Khelaifi secured Middle East TV rights for four World Cups, including the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke are suspected of bribery, fraud, criminal mismanagement and document forgery linked to a 2026-2030 rights deal.

A luxury villa on Sardinia was seized two weeks ago, and Italian financial police alleged al-Khelaifi allowed Valcke to use it.

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