Swiss prosecutors investigating alleged ties between Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Gianni Infantino and top prosecutors have dropped charges and closed the case. “The criminal proceedings have been closed,” the Swiss special prosecutor’s team in charge of the case said in a statement on Saturday (local time), according to Reuters and AFP. “After a comprehensive investigation, no evidence was found to substantiate the allegations.”Infantino, a Swiss lawyer, was elected president in 2016 after former president Sepp Blatter stepped down amid a corruption scandal.
He met with Swiss Prosecutor General Michael Lauber twice in 2016 alone, shortly after his election to the FIFA presidency. They met again in June 2017, at a time when Lauber was leading a wide-ranging investigation into corruption cases involving FIFA and soccer officials around the world. Following allegations that Infantino tried to influence the course of the investigation into corruption allegations against FIFA officials through private meetings with Lauber, the Swiss Judicial Supervisory Authority appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations in July 2020.
The Swiss special prosecutor’s team spent more than three years investigating the allegations, finding no evidence and dropping the charges .FIFA released a statement saying it was “surprised that it took so long to reach the obvious conclusion” and that it was “extremely satisfied with this decision. “”A complete and clear victory for me, for the new FIFA, and for justice,” Infantino said.”This investigation has confirmed once and for all that I have always acted in a legal and correct manner and have only defended the interests of FIFA and football,” he added.Infantino 온라인카지노 was elected to a third consecutive term this year and will lead FIFA for four more years until 2027.