Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi was cleared of corruption on Friday. Last month, the Swiss justice demanded a 28-month prison sentence against the 46-year-old businessman from Qatar.
Jérôme Valcke, who was Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man for years as the former secretary-general of the FIFA world football association, was given a 120-day suspended prison sentence instead of the demanded three-year prison sentence.
The case revolved around alleged corruption in the allocation of broadcasting rights to various major football tournaments. According to the Swiss justice, Valcke and Al Khelaifi, also director of the large Qatari media company BeIN media group, had cheated with the Greek businessman Dinos Deris.
However, the judge did not see enough evidence to put the trio behind bars. Al Khelaifi and Deris were even acquitted.
In addition to his role as chairman of PSG and the BelN media group, Al Khelaifi is also a member of the UEFA executive committee. He was previously charged with corruption surrounding the allocation of the 2026 and 2030 World Cup broadcasting rights, but that charge has been dropped following a settlement with FIFA.