Nasser Al-Khelaïfi does not drag on in Paris at the moment. As if the air of the capital did not benefit him. After attending the PSG Foundation Gala on Wednesday night, the PSG president immediately returned to Doha, Qatar, on Thursday morning, where a new strategic meeting on the future of the club is scheduled to take place.
2019, which began with the death of his mother in January, is definitely a dark year for Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. Neymar's injury, the defeats in the Champions League and the final of the Coupe de France, the moods of each other and the recurring critics are all blows that have marked much.
His management is a source of debate and his silence maintains the image of a distant leader, who would ultimately have little control over the daily life of his club. A conclusion a bit hasty. If "NAK" has indeed taken a step back in the media, this is largely due to the investigation of Renaud Van Ruymbeke. The same investigation that now earned him to be indicted for "active corruption", as revealed by Le Parisien on Thursday.
The investigating judge at the Paris Court's financial center suspects him of having "validated" a payment of 3.5 million dollars (3.1 million euros) in favor of Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) to facilitate the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2017. "Totally inaccurate claims," according to Francis Szpiner, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi's lawyer.
He considers himself the victim of an injustice
His indictment is a new disappointment that he has a hard time cashing, considering himself the victim of a real injustice. Deeply hurt according to his family, a little weary, the boss of the PSG since 2011 does not yet consider a second to throw in the towel. It has no choice in fact: in Qatar, when the emir entrusts you with a mission and gives you his trust, you simply do not have the right to give up.
In fact, the real question is what spell Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will reserve for him. For the moment, an impeachment is absolutely not envisaged. Because the president of PSG keeps a very high coast in Doha. Boss with multiple caps (BeIN Group, Miramax, Qatar Tennis Federation), it is considered one of the emblems of the international success of the emirate.
In addition, the Qatari power is blocking around the president of the PSG and the suspicions of Judge Van Ruymbeke are welcomed as a distrust, even provocation, vis-à-vis the entire emirate. "In Doha, they are not worried, they are in support of Nasser at 1000% and think it will come out whitened," says a collaborator of the Qatari power.