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Italian villa allegedly used by Al-Khelaifi to bribe Valcke seized

Italian villa allegedly used by Al-Khelaifi to bribe Valcke seized
From ESPN - October 13, 2017

A villa valued at 7 million on an Italian island was allegedly used by a Qatari television executive to bribe a top FIFA official.

Italian police said Friday they seized the luxury property in Sardinia they claim Nasser al-Khelaifi, who is also president of Paris Saint-Germain, made available to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Details of the alleged corruption were revealed one day after Swiss federal prosecutors oversaw evidence-gathering raids in four European countries for a widening investigation of FIFA and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar.

Criminal proceedings have been opened against Al-Khelaifi and Valcke for suspected bribery and forgery linked to awarding broadcast rights for the next four World Cups.

Al-Khelaifi is also CEO of Qatar-owned beIN Media Group, which has World Cup rights across the Middle East through 2030, including the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Italy's financial police said in a statement the villa in Porto Cervo is owned by an international real estate company, and eight people were questioned.

A police video showed a sequestration order on the villa's wooden gate, palm trees in a well-kept garden, and a white house with a Spanish-style roof.

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