Switzerland’s Federal Prosecutors have launched criminal proceedings against FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, to investigate his dealings with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.
Mr. Lauber had offered to resign last week after a court concluded he covered up a meeting with Mr. Infantino and lied to supervisors while his office probed corruption surrounding soccer’s governing body.
Mr. Lauber and Mr. Infantino both denied any wrongdoing in the case.
However, Switzerland’s federal prosecutors on Thursday, July 30, said that special prosecutor Stefan Keller, appointed earlier this month to review criminal complaints against the two men and others involved, had found indications of criminal conduct related to the meetings.
Infantino joined UEFA in 2000 and became their General Secretary in 2009. In 2016, he became FIFA president after beating favourite Sheikh Salman to replace Sepp Blatter, who was forced to resign from world football’s governing body over corruption allegations.
The 50-year-old Infantino was elected president of FIFA in 2016 after beating favourite Sheikh Salman over two rounds of voting in Zurich and was re-elected to the post in 2019. Infantino replaced Sepp Blatter in 2016 after he was forced to resign from world football’s governing body over corruption allegations.