FIFA reacts to Switzerland opening criminal investigation on president Infantino

FIFA reacts to Switzerland opening criminal investigation on president Infantino

After Switzerland opened Criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino, the football governing body has acknowledged the decision made by the Swiss Special Federal Public Prosecutor. 

On Thursday Swiss prosecutors launched legal proceedings against Infantino after concluding that there were “indications of criminal conduct” in meetings between the president and an official overseeing an investigation into soccer corruption. And now FIFA has acknowledged the decision in opening an investigation. 

"People remember well where FIFA was as an institution back in 2015, and how substantial judicial intervention was actually required to help restore the credibility of the organization," said the FIFA President earlier today.

"As President of FIFA, it has been my aim from day one, and it remains my aim, to assist the authorities with investigating past wrongdoings at FIFA. FIFA officials have met with prosecutors in other jurisdictions across the world for exactly these purposes. People have been convicted and sentenced, thanks to FIFA’s cooperation, and especially in the United States of America, where our cooperation has resulted in over 40 criminal convictions. Therefore, I remain fully supportive of the judicial process, and FIFA remains willing to fully cooperate with the Swiss authorities for these purposes."

In addition, as far as FIFA is concerned, and as previously communicated on Thursday 25 June 2020 by the FIFA President: "To meet with the Attorney General of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and it’s perfectly legal. It’s no violation of anything. On the contrary, it is also part of the fiduciary duties of the President of FIFA."

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