Investigation with the Qatari Al-Khelaifi may take years

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A spokesman for the Swiss prosecutor's office, said that the criminal proceeding related to the investigations, that includes the PSG’s chairman, the Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaifi, could need months, even years, and that such a case could take 3-5 years.

The interview, translated into English, continued for several hours and a second session at a future date was possible, said Andre Marty, the spokesman for the Swiss attorney general's office.

"The world of football needs to be patient as for the results of this first interrogation," Marty said outside the federal building.

"There is huge complexity to the criminal proceeding, there are questions of translation, there are questions of the masses of information that needs to be proceeded and to give obviously to the suspected person a fair chance to answer according to his legal rights," he said.

Swiss prosecutors on Wednesday began interviewing Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chief executive of Qatar’s beIN media, as part of a criminal investigation into World Cup broadcasting deals. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said on Oct. 12 that it suspected that FIFA’s banned former Secretary General Jerome Valcke had accepted “undue advantages” from Al-Khelaifi in connection with the award of media rights for the 2026 and 2030 competitions. Al-Khelaifi is also president of French club Paris Saint Germain. Valcke, who was in charge of the day-to-day running of Swiss-based global soccer body FIFA, is also under investigation. Neither has been charged and both deny wrongdoing. BeIN Media has rejected all the allegations and said it is cooperating with officials. Valcke is serving a 10-year ban from soccer after he was found guilty by FIFA’s former ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert of misconduct over the sale of World Cup tickets, abuse of travel expenses, attempting to sell TV rights below their market value and destruction of evidence. He has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. FIFA has been trying to overhaul its operations in the wake of the worst crisis in its history, sparked in 2015 by the indictment in the United States of several dozen soccer officials on corruption-related charges.

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