(WFI) Gianni Infantino is to have talks with ethics investigators amid allegations he broke FIFA rules.
It forms part of a preliminary investigation which could lead to a full probe if enough evidence is found pointing to possible wrongdoing by the FIFA president. If that happens, Infantino may be hit with a 90-day provisional suspension.
The BBC reported that the allegations relate to ethics breaches including using private jets to visit the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar and appointing officials, including new secretary general Fatma Samoura, who have not passed eligibility checks.
Infantino also faces allegations that he tried to destroy a tape of a FIFA Council meeting in Mexico in May in which he discussed how to remove audit and compliance Domenico Scala, who has since quit, as well as claims of expenses irregularities.
He strongly denies the allegations.
“The FIFA president has stated publicly he fully respects the independence and work of the ethics committee and that he would provide, if required, whatever information necessary to facilitate any potential review by the committee,” a FIFA spokesperson was quoted by the BBC.
“The president has made clear that he has acted appropriately and in accordance with FIFA’s code of ethics.”
Sources told the BBC the allegations were part of a “vendetta” against Infantino by former FIFA employees and said he was “very confident” no further action was necessary.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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