PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi acquitted in World Cup TV rights corruption trial - court

Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Leonardo De Araujo of Paris Saint-Germain attend the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Angers SCO at Parc des Princes on October 2, 2020 in Paris, France.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Leonardo De Araujo of Paris Saint-Germain attend the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Angers SCO at Parc des Princes on October 2, 2020 in Paris, France.
Xavier Laine

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was  on Friday acquitted by a Swiss court of corruption in the allocation of World Cup TV rights, while former FIFA number two Jerome Valcke was handed a suspended sentence for a secondary charge.

The two men were accused of a "corrupt agreement" after Valcke was alleged to have sought the help of Al-Khelaifi, the chairman of BeIN Sports, to buy a luxury villa in Sardinia, at a time when the Qatari-owned broadcaster was negotiating the extension of its media rights in North Africa and the Middle East for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.

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