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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi facing corruption probe over World Cup media rights

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi with world record signing Neymar Thursday, October 12, 2017 The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights. The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of “criminal mismanagement” concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries. In a statement, the Swiss attorney general said the new proceedings involved suspected cases of bribery, fraud and…

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IOC 'doing nothing' about corruption, says senior IOC official

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been accused of “doing nothing” about its growing corruption crisis, by senior official Dick Pound. Several IOC officials have been implicated in corruption in 2017. In the latest case, police last week raided the home of Carlos Nuzman, head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, as they investigate “strong evidence” of vote-buying to secure Rio’s 2016 bid. “We’ve taken a severe hit in terms of credibility,” said Pound. “Every time another IOC member is implicated in something potentially nefarious we lose more credibility.” On Monday,…

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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for corruption

A court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung’s billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption. Mr Lee was accused of bribery in a scandal that also saw the impeachment of South Korea’s former president. The case has gripped the public amid growing anger against South Korea’s biggest companies, known as chaebols. Mr Lee, who denied all charges, had faced a jail sentence of up to 12 years. Also known as Jay Y Lee, the de facto head of the world’s largest smartphone maker had been detained…

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World Cup 2022: Claims of corruption in Qatar bid published in Germany

Claims of alleged corruption in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid have been published in the German media. The Bild newspaper says it has obtained the ‘suppressed’ 2014 report authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia. Bild’s report includes details of a $ 2m (£1.6m) sum allegedly paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a Fifa official. Garcia quit in December 2014 in protest at the handling of his report into the bidding process. The American lawyer cited a “lack of leadership” as he left football’s world governing body,…

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