Criminal proceedings opened against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi

PSG's Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA general secretary at centre of criminal probe into World Cup TV rights bribes

Swiss prosecutors have opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal proceeding against former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Qatar's beIN Media Chief Executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the latest escalation in their ongoing investigation into corruption in soccer.

The case involves the award of broadcast rights for the next four World Cups from 2018 through 2030.

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Properties in France, Greece, Italy and Spain were searched in an attempt to locate documents relating to the allegations, while Valcke himself was questioned over his involvement in the alleged crimes on Thursday morning.

BeIN Sports' office in Paris were searched on Thursday as part of a criminal probe against Valcke and Al-Khelaifi, according to French authorities.

Al-Khelaifi is a key member of the FIFA World Cup organising commitee.

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Swiss prosecutors said the action was carried out with Eurojust, a European Union agency for cooperation in criminal matters. In January 2011, Federation Internationale de Football Association announced that Al Jazeera Sports - which later became BeIN - secured the rights for 23 territories across the Middle East and North Africa, including Saudi Arabia.

The 43-year-old Al-Khelaifi is chairman of Qatar Sports Investments which has invested heavily in PSG.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has also been investigating former Secretary General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke.

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Valcke, a French national, was in Switzerland on Wednesday arguing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, where he was trying to overturn his 10-year ban from football over graft.

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