FIFA closes Infantino’s case

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FIFA has closed the criminal proceedings against its president, Gianni Infantino, regarding his meetings with Switzerland’s former Attorney General, Michael Lauber, and Chief Public Prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold. These proceedings, initiated in July 2020, saw the removal of the original case overseer, Stefan Keller, in May 2021 due to FIFA’s concerns about bias in his office’s press releases.

FIFA has officially closed the criminal proceedings against its president, Gianni Infantino, regarding his meetings with Switzerland’s former Attorney General.

These proceedings, which began in July 2020 due to complaints about Infantino’s interactions with AG Michael Lauber and chief public prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold, were initially overseen by Stefan Keller.

However, FIFA’s objections led to Keller’s removal in May 2021, and the case was subsequently handled by federal prosecutors Hans Maurer and Ulrich Weder. The latest development sees FIFA confirming the closure of the proceedings, with no charges filed against Infantino.

“FIFA takes note, with extreme satisfaction, of the decision of the two Extraordinary Federal Prosecutors, Hans Maurer and Ulrich Weder, to dismiss and definitively close the proceedings against Gianni Infantino in relation to the so-called ‘Lauber case’,” a FIFA statement said.

Infantino himself added: “This is a full and clear victory for me, for the new FIFA and for justice!

“It is now clear that the accusations against me were mere attempts by poor, envious and corrupt people to attack my reputation. If these people have some dignity left, they should at least have the decency and apologise for their actions and the damage caused.

“The investigation fully and clearly confirms that I have always acted in a lawful and correct way, always defending exclusively the interests of FIFA and football.”

 

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