Nasser al-Khelaifi will be questioned by Swiss prosecutors in Swiss World Cup probe

Vastavam web: Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi will be questioned by Swiss prosecutors on October 25 in a World Cup media rights probe, his lawyer told AFP.Khelaifi, a Qatari, “wanted to be heard as soon as possible by the Swiss attorney general’s office”, the lawyer said, adding that his client “denies any corruption” over the sale of rights for future World Cups.Al-Khelaifi appeared at PSG’s Champions League match against Anderlecht in Brussels on Wednesday night with the French side winning 4-0.

Asked how the Qatari was feeling, PSG star Thiago Motta said: “He’s doing very well, as always. He is close to the team and it’s good for us to have him at our side”.A spokesman for the beIN group told AFP last weekend that the TV broadcasting rights deal agreed for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, which is the focus of the Swiss prosecutors, was “advantageous for FIFA”.A raid was also carried out at a luxury Sardinian villa that, it is alleged, was put at the disposal of Valcke, who is serving a 10-year ban from all football-related activity.

The villa, set in lush grounds on the Mediterranean island and which has an estimated value of seven million euros ( 8.3 million), is owned by an international real estate agency.An increasingly prominent figure in sports and media, Khelaifi oversaw Paris Saint-Germain’s audacious 222 million- euro ( 264 million) world record signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar in August.The corruption accusations are the latest to rock world football which is still reeling from the events of 2015, when FIFA officials were arrested en masse at the governing body’s annual conference.