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‘Several countries’ probed in World Cup bribery scheme

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 13, 2017

The bribery scandal surrounding the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body of professional soccer, just keeps growing.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland announced that it has opened a criminal proceeding against Jérôme Valcke, the former Secretary General of FIFA, and beIN Media Group Chief Executive Officer Nasser Al-Khelaifi, for bribery allegations surrounding the award of World Cup media rights.

In a statement, beIN Media Group said that its sport offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, France were searched on 12 October 2017. “The employees on-site co-operated with the authorities until the end of the search,” the company stated.

beIN Media Group added that it “refutes all accusations made by OAG. The...

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