Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and Jérôme Valcke were accused of having concluded a deal behind FIFA’s back, falling under the notion “unfair management” and with a possible penalty of up to five years in prison.
This comes in the week when the Parisian side will take on Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16.
The Qatari, who is simultaneously the president of the BeIN Media Group, QSi and DIGITURK, was accused of “unfair management” and is suspected of having offered “undue advantages” to FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke in order to obtain television rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
At the end of 10 days of hearing in September 2020, the prosecution had requested 28 months of imprisonment against the Qatari businessman, 3 years in prison for Jérôme Valcke and 30 months for Greek businessman, Dinos Deris.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi was named PSG’s president in 2011, he became the club’s 17th president. Under Al-Khelaifi’s leadership, a clear strategic plan was established to develop the club into a major player on the European and international football stage, while being a force for good off-the-pitch.
Over the subsequent few years, PSG was propelled to the top of men’s football, both in France and in Europe, winning 7 out of 9 domestic league titles and – in August 2020 – reaching the final of the men’s UEFA Champions League for the first time in its 50 year history.