Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was released from the Swiss court on charges of incitement to criminal mismanagement, according to his legal team.
Al-Khelaifi, who also sits on the Executive Committee of the UEFA governing body for European football, was tasked with the allocation of media rights to the World Cup, including former FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke.
However, his legal team told the PA news agency that he had been cleared of the charges at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona on Friday.
Al-Khelaifi’s statement read: “After an unrelenting four-year campaign against me that defied the basic facts and the law at every turn, I eventually, absolutely and completely cleared my name.
“Today’s verdict is a complete excuse. It restores my confidence in the rule of law and due process, after four years of false accusations, fictitious charges, and relentless defamation of my reputation-all of which have been proved to be totally and unfounded.
Al-Khelaifi added: “I can now devote all my attention to my different positions, all of which are focused on creating a bright future for world sport-at a time when the industry most needs strong leadership.”
An additional criminal lawsuit alleging bribery against Al-Khelaifi was dismissed before the case was placed before the court after FIFA’s world governing body withdrew the complaint.
It was known that an undisclosed deal had been reached between Al-Khelaifi and FIFA.
However, the court found Valcke guilty of forging documents related to the World Cup broadcasts in Italy and Greece, but he was cleared of other charges.
Three payments totaling EUR 1.25 million (£1.12 m) were made to his personal company’s accounts as loans.
The French official was absolved of accepting bribery and criminal mismanagement against the interests of FIFA, where he served as Secretary-General from 2007-15.