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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has initiated criminal proceedings against him in Switzerland


FIFA President Gianni Infantino has initiated criminal proceedings against him in Switzerland as the public prosecutor's office is investigating his dealings with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber

  • Criminal proceedings have been initiated against FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Switzerland
  • The authorities are examining his business with the Swiss Attorney General
  • A court found that Michael Lauber covered up a meeting with Infantino
  • Prosecutor Stefan Keller found evidence of criminal behavior in the sessions
  • Infantino was elected president in 2016 and promised to restore Fifa's image

Prosecutors in Switzerland have initiated criminal proceedings against FIFA President Gianni Infantino to investigate his dealings with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.

Lauber offered to resign last week after a court found he had covered up a meeting with Infantino and lied to superiors while his office investigated corruption related to the football association.

The agency, which oversaw the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office on Thursday, said that the special prosecutor Stefan Keller, who was charged with reviewing criminal charges against the two men and other parties earlier this month, found evidence of criminal behavior in connection with the meetings.

The Swiss authorities have initiated criminal proceedings against FIFA President Gianni Infantino

Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber offered to resign last week after a court found he had covered up a meeting with Infantino and lied to superiors

Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber offered to resign last week after a court found he had covered up a meeting with Infantino and lied to superiors

Lauber, who had been working on a corruption investigation by the organization since the raid in 2015, is said to have held three meetings with Infantino on the status of the investigation.

Infantino struck back after the case was accepted and said: “The meeting with the Attorney General of Switzerland is absolutely legitimate and absolutely legal.

& # 39; It is not an injury of anything. On the contrary, it is also one of the FIFA President's fiduciary duties. "

In March, Lauber was punished for breach of trust, lies and violation of his office's code of conduct. He had also cut his salary for a year after "violating multiple roles".

The Prosecutor General of the Confederation (AS-MPC) said he "has repeatedly failed to tell the truth, acted unfairly, violated the Prosecutor's Code of Conduct, and hindered the AS-MPC investigation."

Lauber and Infantino both previously denied any wrongdoing.

Infantino joined UEFA in 2000 and became its general secretary in 2009. He became one of the leaders with the FIFA President after Sepp Blatter was forced to resign due to allegations of corruption.

Infantino was elected FIFA President in 2016 to restore the organization's image

Infantino was elected FIFA President in 2016 to restore the organization's image

He defeated the candidate Sheikh Salman in the elections and took over the governing body in 2016 after two rounds of voting in Zurich. He promised to restore Fifa's image after "sad times".

"I want to be the president of all of you," he said after his election. I want to work with all of you to restore and rebuild a new era in which we can put football at the center of the stage.

FIFA has gone through sad times, moments of crisis. But those days are over. We are now entering a new era. We will restore Fifa's image and ensure that everyone is happy with what we do. & # 39;

FIFA has recognized the prosecutor's decision and said that she and Infantino "will continue to be available to the Swiss authorities and, as always, will be fully involved in this investigation."

Infantino added: “People still remember where FIFA 2015 was as an institution and how much judicial intervention was really needed to restore the organization's credibility.

& # 39; As President of FIFA, it has been my goal from day one, and it remains my goal to assist the authorities in investigating past misconduct at FIFA.

"FIFA officials have met with prosecutors in other countries around the world for exactly these purposes."

Sportsmail asked FIFA to comment.

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