The FIFA President claims that the meeting he had with Michael Lauber, Swiss Attorney General, was completely legitimate.
Gianni Infantino insists that the meeting he held with Michael Lauber It was “perfectly legal”, after the Swiss prosecutor’s office announced that it will initiate criminal proceedings against the president of the FIFA.
On Thursday, a statement from the Swiss Federal Council confirmed that Stefan Keller had found “indications of criminal conduct” in connection with the meetings between Infantino and Michael Lauber.
The Swiss attorney general offered to resign his post last week after a court found he covered up a meeting with the head of the governing body of football and lied to supervisors, while his office investigated FIFA-related corruption.
As a consequence, proceedings were initiated against Infantino and the Alto Valais attorney general, Rinaldo Arnold. Keller also requested permission to initiate proceedings against Lauber.
Both Infantino and Lauber previously denied any wrongdoing and the top honcho from FIFA promised to cooperate with investigators as part of his and the entity’s commitment to restore “the credibility of the organization.”
In a statement, the governing body of world football said: “FIFA acknowledges the decision of the Swiss Federal Special Prosecutor by opening an investigation into the meetings involving FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber. FIFA, including the FIFA President, remains at the disposal of the Swiss authorities and, as we have always done, will cooperate fully with this investigation. “
Infantino said: “People remember well where FIFA was as an institution in 2015, and how substantial judicial intervention was required to help restore the organization’s credibility. As President of FIFA, it has been my goal from day one, and it remains my goal to help the authorities investigate past mistakes made by FIFA. “
“FIFA officials have met with prosecutors in other jurisdictions around the world for exactly these purposes. People have been convicted thanks to the cooperation of FIFA, and especially in the United States of America, where our cooperation has resulted in more than 40 criminal convictions. Therefore, I continue to fully support the judicial process, and FIFA remains ready to cooperate fully with the Swiss authorities for these purposes. “
FIFA also reiterated Infantino’s comments issued on June 25, when he said: “Meeting with the Swiss attorney general is perfectly legitimate and perfectly legal. It is not a violation of anything. On the contrary, it is also part of the duties. trustees of the FIFA President “.
– FIFA Media (@fifamedia) July 30, 2020
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