After Mbappé, Al-Khelaïfi obtains a second resounding victory

After Mbappé, Al-Khelaïfi obtains a second resounding victory

After managing to keep Kylian Mbappé, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has just won another resounding victory on the green carpet.

PSG: Nasser Al-Khelaïfi acquitted in FIFAgate!

A second great victory for Nasser Al-Khelaifi after the historic extension of Kylian Mbappe. Friday, the president of Paris Saint-Germain was completely cleared on appeal by the Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona (Switzerland), as he had already been at first instance, in a TV rights case, as he had already was at first instance. The other defendant, the former secretary general of FIFA, Jérôme Valcke, received a suspended sentence of eleven months in prison and a fine following this affair in which it was in particular a question of the attribution of the 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights for the Middle East and North Africa zone.

Rights recovered by the BeIN group against 480 million dollars at the time. Once again, the Swiss justice has therefore decided to give reason to the leader of Paris SG, therefore comforted when a conviction could have called into question his place on the executive committee of UEFA given the statutes of the European body. During the hearing before the Appeals Chamber in March, the prosecution had requested 28 months in prison against Nasser Al-Khelaifi as well as 35 months against Jérôme Valcke, accusing them of having established a “corrupt arrangement” behind FIFA’s back, falling under “unfair management. »

In this part, by far the most publicized of the two cases tried in Bellinzona, the prosecution considered that Jerome Valcke had paid for his support of the BeIN Media channel in exchange for a luxurious villa on the Sardinian Emerald Coast, bought for him for 5 million euros at the end of 2013 by a company briefly owned by Al-Khelaïfi. The former secretary general of FIFA had requested the help of the Qatari businessman to finance the “Villa Bianca”, a few months before the signing in April 2014 of a contract between BeIN Group and the world body of the football relating to the rights in North Africa and the Middle East of the 2026 and 2030 Worlds, had recalled the prosecution.

But as in the first instance, the Court of Appeal considered that FIFA had not suffered “damage” – a point legally necessary to establish unfair management – since BeIN Group signed a very advantageous contract for the instance in paying out $480 million for the two editions, 60% more than for the 2018 and 2022 Worlds, when the channel was alone in the running.

PSG: The first reaction of the Al-Khelaïfi clan after the verdict of the Court

At the end of the hearing, the lawyer for Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Maître Marc Bonnant, was delighted with the verdict pronounced by the Swiss courts. “Today’s verdict is totally justified. After a relentless six-year campaign by the prosecution, our client has, once again, been fully and completely cleared. Years of baseless allegations, fictitious accusations and relentless slander have been proven to be completely and utterly unfounded – twice,” notes the French lawyer. After successfully challenging the rest of the world in the dossier Kylian Mbappethe boss of Paris SG has just won a second equally brilliant victory.

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