Swiss launches criminal case against Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Infantino

Swiss launches criminal case against Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Infantino

The authority said Keller had now opened proceedings against both Infantino and a regional public prosecutor who was involved in the meetings, and was seeking parliamentary approval to have Lauber's immunity from prosecution waived.

The Federal Council statement added: "The presumption of innocence applies to attorney general Michael Lauber, FIFA president Gianni Infantino and chief public prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold".

The turmoil involving Lauber, who offered his resignation last week, centers on three meetings he had with Infantino in recent years - including one that he hadn't disclosed and claimed no memory of - just as he was leading a sprawling investigation into soccer corruption.

But the authority overseeing Switzerland's federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that special prosecutor Stefan Keller - who also requested permission to begin proceedings against the attorney general - had found indications of criminal conduct related to the meetings.

Both have denied any wrongdoing.

This relief plan is a great example of footballs solidarity and commitment in such unprecedented times, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Proceedings have consequently commenced against Infantino and the chief public prosecutor of Upper Valais, Rinaldo Arnold.

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

Infantino became Federation Internationale de Football Association president in 2016 after beating favourite Sheikh Salman over two rounds of voting in Zurich. People have been convicted and sentenced, thanks to FIFA's cooperation, and especially in the United States of America, where our cooperation has resulted in over 40 criminal convictions.

Federation Internationale de Football Association pledged to cooperate with Swiss investigators in a statement released Thursday.

Last month, Infantino said: "To meet with the head prosecutor or attorney general of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and it's perfectly legal".

Lauber, however, is expected to leave his role at the end of this month and this latest news will leave a question mark over the future of Infantino, elected FIFA President as a permanent replacement for Sepp Blatter in February 2016. "It should be mentioned that a case against me was closed last spring a year ago".

The internal disciplinary case against Lauber focused on a meeting he had with Infantino in June 2017 at a hotel in Bern, at which the prosecutor took no notes.

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