PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi in Spotlight over Pastore Transfer

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Nasser al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, appears to have sought payments for an agent which could have violated transfer regulations, and to have given inaccurate information to a French judge, according to leaked documents.

Khelaifi appears to have signed a letter to the chief of staff to the future emir of Qatar asking for a €2m payment to be made to Javier Pastore’s agent – when the Argentinian midfielder was transferred from the Italian club Palermo to PSG in a deal worth €40m plus bonuses in 2011. Another $200,000 in “expenses” was also requested for a private Qatari company, Oryx QSI, run by his brother.

It is forbidden for a club president to personally pay an agent. According to article seven of Fifa’s regulations for intermediaries “any payment for the services of an intermediary shall be made exclusively by the client of the intermediary to the intermediary”.

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