FIFA President Gianni Infantino under investigation by Swiss prosecutors

Swiss prosecutors have launched legal proceedings against FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

It is in relation to an alleged secret meeting that the head of world football’s governing body held with the Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber.

Lauber last week offered to resign after a court said he covered up the meeting and lied to supervisors during an investigation by his office into corruption surrounding FIFA.

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Both have denied any wrongdoing.

Lauber’s office said he officially tendered his resignation on Tuesday, with his last day of active duty set for 31 August.

It comes after special prosecutor Stefan Keller was appointed last month to review criminal complaints against the two men and others.

He found indications of criminal conduct related to their meetings, the authority overseeing the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said.

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“This concerns abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, assisting offenders and incitement to these acts,” the watchdog overseeing the OAG said in a statement.

The OAG said it had taken note of the development, adding Lauber would make statements to parliamentary committees if necessary.

Infantino became FIFA president in 2016, after his predecessor Sepp Blatter was forced to resign the year before over corruption allegations. He was subsequently re-elected to his post at FIFA in June 2019, and in January of this year was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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source: BBC

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