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Panama Papers Criminal proceedings over football TV broadcast rights suspended

The UEFA logo at the headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland

Swiss authorities searched UEFA headquarters in Nyon in 2016 to look for evidence in connection with the broadcast deal.

(Keystone)

Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General has ordered the termination of proceedings in connection with the suspected unfair allocation of television broadcast rights for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champion’s League.

The Attorney General’s Officeexternal link told the Swiss News Agency on Saturday, following reports in several Swiss daily newspapers, that the case had been discharged in November because suspicions of unfair management and breach of trust could not be confirmed.

However, the Office added that it is still not excluding the possibility of offences committed abroad.

+ Swiss police swoop in on UEFA HQ

+ Panama Papers data confirms Swiss links

The Attorney General’s Office first opened the criminal proceedings in April 2016 against persons unknown in response to the Panama Papers – a leak of some 11 million financial documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.  

Swiss police raided UEFA headquarters in the western Swiss municipality of Nyon in search of evidence of the suspect deal, the contract for which had been signed off by then UEFA General Secretary – now FIFA President – Gianni Infantino. 

swissinfo.ch and agencies/cl

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