The Swiss prosecutors are making serious allegations against the FIFA boss: Gianni Infantino is accused of inciting abuse of office, breach of official secrecy and favoritism – because of secret meetings with the head of the Swiss prosecutor, Michael Lauber. It is precisely this Swiss federal prosecutor who should investigate former FIFA officials. In the sports world, which, after Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter had called out after the renewal of FIFA, there is hardly anything to be felt of indignation about the investigation.
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The Swiss public prosecutor has opened criminal proceedings against FIFA President Gianni Infantino. SZ editor Thomas Kistner believes that Infantino is now on the brink.
When asked by Deutschlandfunk, the German Football Association – with around seven million members a powerful FIFA member association – made it known that they did not want to comment on this topic. However, Infantino receives support from a powerful German football official: Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In an interview with Bayerischer Rundfunk, he said that he “actually” sees Infantino as a good president: “And I hope that he will get things sorted out, because he would be the right man to hopefully get FIFA into calm waters again bring to.”
The International Olympic Committee does not want to comment on the content of the case against the FIFA boss and refers to the presumption of innocence. Infantino was only accepted into the IOC in January.
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FIFA investigator Michael Lauber has offered his resignation. But the personnel is not enough, says journalist Thomas Kistner. Now Infantino must also be held accountable.
FIFA and its boss reject the allegations. The Swiss emphasizes that the meetings should have contributed to “complete information”. FIFA officials have met with judicial authorities around the world – this would never have been a problem. Infantino did not respond to the specific allegations.
It is not yet clear whether the so-called independent FIFA Ethics Committee will also initiate proceedings against the president. In public prosecutor’s investigations against Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter, it took 13 days before he was banned.