Jerome Valcke denies receiving 'undue advantages' from Nasser Al-Khelaifi
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 13/10/17 12:28pm
Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has denied receiving "undue advantages" from Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Al-Khelaifi, who also acts as chief executive of Qatar's beIN Media, is currently under investigation by Swiss prosecutors over allegations of corruption.
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) said on Thursday it suspects Valcke of accepting "undue advantages" from Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for both the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
Valcke has denied the allegations and insists he never received anything from Al-Khelaifi during his time as FIFA general secretary under then-president Sepp Blatter.
"I just want to say that it's not true. I have never done that. I have never received anything in exchange for anything," Valcke told L'Equipe.
"I refute the accusations against me or Nasser. I have received nothing from Nasser, I can assure you. There was never any exchange between Nasser and I. Never."
The Paris offices of beIN Sports were searched on Thursday morning as part of the criminal probe against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi.
In a statement released on Thursday evening, beIN Media group said it "refuted all accusations" made by OAG.
It added: "The company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation."