The Swiss Public Prosecutor's Office calls for the imprisonment of Nasser Al-Khulaifi for 28 months and 3 years for Falk
The Swiss Public Prosecution Office today demanded a 28-month prison sentence for Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of the French club Paris Saint-Germain and the "BN" media group, and three years for the former Secretary General of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) French Jerome Falk in a corruption case related to the granting of television broadcasting rights to the World Cup finals 2026 and 2030.
This is the first imprisonment claim on European soil in the multiple scandals that rocked world football in 2015, after the conviction of several former South American officials in the United States.
Falk and Al-Khulaifi have been standing before the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona since last Monday in a corruption case related to the granting of television rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
The Public Prosecution accuses Falk of obtaining from Al-Khelaifi the exclusive use of a luxury villa in Sardinia, in exchange for his support for beIN's access to television broadcasting rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups in the Middle East and North Africa regions, while Al-Khelaifi, one of the most influential men in the world of football, is accused of Incitement of Falk to the Commit of Aggravated Criminal Mismanagement.
The Swiss agency "Keystone-ATS" said that Federal Attorney General Joel Bahoud summarized Falk's accusations of seeking money to ensure a "wasteful" lifestyle.
As for Al-Khulaifi, the Public Prosecutor stated that he acquired the housing for five million euros, through a company that was transferred almost immediately to the brother of a close relative, before placing it at Falk's disposal.
In turn, the two men discussed a "special" settlement that had nothing to do with the contract concluded between BIN Sports and FIFA in April 2014, under conditions presented by the defense as "very beneficial" to the football authority.
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