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PSG president responds to criminal charge in Switzerland

The PSG president allegedly bought a villa and let Valcke live in it rent free with the former FIFA official "enriching himself" in the process.

PSG president responds to criminal charge in Switzerland

PSG's president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged with criminal offences in Switzerland on Thursday. The club's president has acted swiftly to release a statement, however, proclaiming his innocence.

"I have been cleared of all suspicions of bribery and the case has been dismissed definitively & conclusively. While a secondary technical charge remains outstanding, I have every expectation that this will be proven completely groundless," reads the statement.

Statement from Al-Khelaifi.
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Statement from Al-Khelaifi.

The Qatari businessman has been charged by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland against the PSG president, former FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke and another businessman in the sports rights sector a press release says.

Valcke is charged with accepting bribes while Al-Khelaifi is said to have given the disgraced former official "undue advantages" before he was suspended and subsequently banned for the association for 12 years.

The PSG president purchased a villa through a company and let Valcke live their without paying rent, which would have totalled between €900,000 and €1.8 million.

Valcke never mentioned this to FIFA as he was required to and thus "enriching himself" according to the statement.


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