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    Swiss special prosecutor open criminal investigation into FIFA boss Infantino

    July 30 – Despite persistently brushing aside any semblance of wrongdoing for weeks on end, criminal proceedings were dramatically launched against FIFA president Gianni Infantino today by a Swiss special prosecutor over undocumented dealings with the country’s former attorney general Michael Lauber who resigned last week.

    Appointed only last month to review complaints against both men, special prosecutor Stefan Keller found “indications of criminal conduct” related to their meetings according to the watchdog body overseeing the Attorney General’s Office.

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


    Keller, it said, will “examine the criminal complaints transmitted to the OAG by the presidents of the Federal Council”.

    The complaints involve Lauber and Infantino “as well as other people”, the OAG’s statement said.

    One of those other people is local prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold, a personal friend of Infantino who comes from the same region of Switzerland and has long been cited as the facilitator of at least one of the meetings between Lauber and Infantino.


    Suspects in such cases are presumed innocent in Switzerland until legal proceedings are completed but FIFA’s Ethics committee will be under growing pressure to suspend Infantino, temporarily at least, during the period of any investigation.


    Lauber resigned last Friday as of the end of August only minutes before a federal court upheld allegations that, while his office was investigating FIFA-related corruption, he had lied about a meeting he had with Infantino.


    The internal disciplinary case against Lauber focused on a meeting he had with Infantino in June 2017 at a Bern hotel. Both men later said they could not recall their discussion at what was their third meeting in 15 months.


    Until a couple of weeks ago, Infantino had hidden behind a series of FIFA statements issued on his behalf including one which slammed accusations against him as being “a farce”.


    But such were the mounting suspicions in the Swiss and German media over what lay behind his dealings with Lauber – who back in March was sanctioned for disloyalty, lying and breaching his office’s code of conduct – that an exasperated Infantino broke his silence by insisting it was “absurd” to suggest he had done anything wrong.


    One suggestion was that he had tried to influence the Swiss judicial process by allegedly attempting to find out whether he had been the target of any corruption probe at the time he was preparing to launch his campaign to take over FIFA from Sepp Blatter.


    But Infantino insisted he was simply following standard procedure.


    “For a long time I have not spoken about this because the whole thing is absurd,” Infantino told a virtual press conference. “Let me clarify once and for all, to meet the chief prosecutor of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and perfectly legal. It’s no violation of anything.


    “On the contrary, it’s also part of the fiduciary duties of the president of FIFA. What bothers me a bit is the wording about secret meetings. There is nothing secret in meeting a prosecutor in a civilised country.”


    The Swiss authorities may take a somewhat different view of the undocumented meetings which are in danger of seriously undermining Infantino’s credibility and could be even worse for him if it can be proved there was a cover-up.


    Swiss special prosecutor open criminal investigation into FIFA boss Infantino - Inside World Football

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    Met Infantino at my sons footbal club in Klong Toey last year (Polo at Bon Kai)
    he was playing a game with a local team on a sunday morning
    photos for all and seemed very nice chap

    obviously he's Italian and deffo guilty
    but hate teh game not the man
    certainly nowt on his predecessors
    we won it at wemberlee
    we on it in gay paree...

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    certainly nowt on his predecessors
    Certainly?

    That remains to be seen.

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    given hes only been in the job 5 mins and not had time to rig 2 world cup votes, id be impressed

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    The amount of money made isn't really how dishonesty is measured.

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    I would argue its a good yardstick when showing interest in the position

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    obviously he's Italian and deffo guilty
    In fact, he is Swiss, born from Italian emigrants.
    And he is taken down with him few Swiss prosecutors...

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    I would argue its a good yardstick when showing interest in the position
    I'd say it's one of the compulsory criteria for a job with that shower of c u n t s.

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