Jerome Falk, former FIFA Secretary General, and BN Group Chairman Nasser Al-Khulaifi are at risk of being imprisoned when a Swiss court issues its ruling today in the case of the 2026 and 2030 World Cup broadcasting rights.
The Swiss Federal Court of Bellinzona will issue its ruling today at 15:30 Mecca time, against the Frenchman Falk and the Qatari Al-Khulaifi, who were heard for ten days last September, in addition to the Greek businessman Dinos Deiris, who did not appear before the court for health reasons. .
The public prosecutor accuses Falk of obtaining from Al-Khulaifi the exclusive use of a luxury villa on the Italian island of Sardinia, in exchange for his support for “ben Sports” to obtain the television rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups in the Middle East and North Africa regions.
Meanwhile, Al-Khulaifi, one of the most influential figures in the world of football, is accused of “inciting Falk to commit severe criminal mismanagement” and of unfair management.
Federal Attorney General Joel Bahu summed up Falk’s charges of seeking money to secure a “wasteful” lifestyle.
As for Al-Khulaifi, the Public Prosecutor stated that he had acquired Villa Bianca, for five million euros, through a company, and it was transferred almost immediately to the brother of a close relative, before placing it at Falk’s disposal.
Falk and Al-Khulaifi denied before the court any “corruption agreement” between them, and confirmed that the matter is related to a “private” settlement that has nothing to do with the contract between “BN Sports” and “FIFA” in April 2014.
The Swiss public prosecutor had demanded that Al-Khulaifi be imprisoned for 28 months, Falk three years, and Diris 30 months, with a partial stay of execution for each of them.
This is the first imprisonment claim on European soil in the multiple scandals that rocked global football in 2015, after many former South American and US officials were convicted and imprisoned.