Round-Up: Valcke and Al-Khelaifi trial begins, NRL player pay threat, Macau GP drops F3, and more

FIFA former secretary general Jerome Valcke leaves after the opening day of a corruption trial of PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and FIFA ex-secretary general Jerome Valcke on September 14, 2020 in Bellinzona, southern Switzerland. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

A criminal trial of former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke and the chairman of sports pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports Nasser Al-Khelaifi began in Switzerland yesterday. Reuters reported that Valcke has been charged with accepting bribes, aggravated criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents, and Al-Khelaifi has been charged with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement. The charges relate to award by Fifa of media rights for various tournaments – Reuters/AFP/CNA

Badminton’s Thomas and Uber Cup competitions this year in Denmark are in doubt following the withdrawal of several competing nations – AFP/CNA

United Arab Emirates football team Al Wahda has been withdrawn from the AFC Champions League after failing to arrive in Doha, Qatar for the upcoming West Zone matches – Reuters/CNA

The Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said the region will host next year’s Australian Open tennis tournament and the traditional Boxing Day cricket test against Australia – Reuters/CNA

Players in Australia’s National Rugby League could see A$100m ($73m) removed from their payment pool over the next three seasons due to the financial downturn caused by Covid-19 – The Australian

Toto Wolff, the head of Formula 1 team Mercedes, denied a report that chemicals firm Ineos was on the verge of taking over the team – Reuters/CNA

A series of sponsorship deals were agreed by Indian Premier League teams:

A UK-based firm has acquired the bid papers required to enter a new team in the Indian Super League, one of two companies to do so alongside existing Indian football team East Bengal – Times of India

Motor-racing event the Macau Grand Prix is dropping its headline race this year, a Formula 3 race, due to restrictions on international travel to China due to the Covid-19 pandemic – Macau Daily Times

Indonesian President Joko Widodo called on the country’s sports to use the interruption to schedules this year due to the pandemic as an opportunity to “reinvent” the sports ecosystem. He said the reform could start with athlete training and development, and should involve the incorporation of modern scientific and technological developments – The Jakarta Post

The Korean Basketball League agreed a three-year deal with drinks company  Dong-A Otsuka to be its official beverage sponsor from 2020-21 to 2022-23 – Chosun/Naver