A Swiss federal court on Friday acquitted Qatari President of Paris Saint-Germain football club Nasser Al-Khelaifi of corruption charges, news agencies reported.
Al-Khelaifi, who is also chairperson of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Media Group, has been charged with inciting FIFA's former Secretary-General Jerome Valcke to commit "aggravated criminal mismanagement" related to the attribution of World Cup TV rights.
Valcke was also acquitted of the same charges, but received an 11-month suspended sentence for bribery and forgery of documents in a separate case. Valcke is facing charges related to TV rights.
"Today's verdict is a total vindication," Marc Bonnant, the Swiss lawyer of Al-Khelaifi, asserted. "After a relentless six-year campaign by the Prosecution – which ignored both the basic facts and the law at every turn – our client has, once again for a second time, been fully and completely cleared."
Bonnant added: "The years of baseless allegations, fictitious charges and constant smears have been proven to be completely and wholly unsubstantiated – twice."