03 November 2020

Unpunished football officials

Last Friday the Switzerland court at Bellinzona have released one current and gave a suspended jail sentence for one other former football official.
Owner of the Qatar station beIN media and also the president of PSG Nasser al-Khelaifi is freed of charges on winning media rights for World Cups 2026 and 2030 in certain countries on an unlawful way. The 46-year-old businessman is accused of giving bribes to Jerome Valcke, former secretary general of the world football organization, plus gave a villa in Sardinia (Italy) worth five million euros. For falsifying documents ;  receiving bribes for 2018, 2022 and the above two mentioned World Cup events ; plus it was revealed that he had participated at other scandal giving television rights in Greece and Italy ; (obviously the corrupt) 60-year-old administrator got (only) four months suspended prison sentence.
Of course, during the trials both have spoken the famous words: 'I did not do anything wrong' and denied everything.
After four years of active (and now wasteful) investigation, prosecutors wanted 28 months for the first and three years for the second worker behind bars.


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