Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal proceeding against former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Qatar's beIN Media Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the latest escalation in their ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer.
The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST) said "multiple premises were searched, assets were seized and interviews were conducted as a result of this joint operation".
Prosecutors claim that Valcke accepted the bribes from Al-Khelaifi with the intention of awarding media rights to "certain countries" for the World Cups due to be held in 2026 and 2030.
The businessman is the head of Qatari television network beIN Sports, which was awarded tournament media rights by Federation Internationale de Football Association.
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Valcke was sacked by Federation Internationale de Football Association in January 2016 in connection with affairs around World Cup tickets and television rights.
The Office of Switzerland's Attorney General (OAG) confirmed that the investigation concerns alleged bribes offered to Valcke in return for the Qatari-owned BeIn Sports being awarded the 2026 and 2030 World Cup rights.
Findings obtained in that process have led to a separate line of inquiry involving PSG president Al-Khelaifi.
Al-Khelaifi's profile has risen in recent weeks as PSG pursued and sealed a world record transfer of Brazil star Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($260 million).
The case stemmed from a wider investigation of FIFA's business that saw criminal proceedings opened against Valcke in March 2016.