Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption, according to Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke.
Al Khelaifi, 45, has been under investigation since March. But he denies all allegations of wrongdoing, his lawyer said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorised to discuss the investigation publicly.
Le Parisien newspaper says the investigating magistrate suspects Al-Khelaifi of having “validated” two payments totalling around $3.5 million (Dh12.9m) to Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Federation Athletics Championships (IAAF), to award Doha hosting rights for the 2017 World Championships.
The two payments from Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, an investment fund linked to the Qatari government, were made to Pamodzi Sports Marketing in October and November 2011, days before the vote to announce the winning bid for the 2017 World Championships that were eventually awarded to London.
Pamodzi was founded by a former marketing consultant at the IAAF and son of Lamine, who has been banned over allegations that he extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Russian marathon runner who wanted to avoid a doping ban before the 2012 Olympics.
Trouble could be on the horizon for PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. He is reportedly to be indicted for bribery charges in relation to trying (unsuccessfully) to get Doha chosen to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships.https://t.co/9kNh8Vpyn4
— Yousef Teclab (@yousef_teclab) May 23, 2019
According to Le Monde newspaper, Lamine Diack was handed preliminary charges of “passive corruption” in March on suspicion he favoured the Qatari bid in exchange for money transferred to his son’s company.