“Full and clear victory for me, for the new FIFA and for justice”, FIFA president said
Special Swiss prosecutors have closed criminal proceedings against FIFA President Gianni Infantino relating to undisclosed meetings with the country’s former attorney general.
Infantino had meetings with Michael Lauber in 2016, soon after being elected FIFA president, during a sweeping investigation of international soccer in Switzerland and by the U.S Department of Justice.
After the decision for the proceedings to be dropped, FIFA said it took note “with extreme satisfaction” of the decision of the prosecutors. “The outcome of this investigation is obviously entirely unsurprising. The only surprising element is only the long time taken to reach such an obvious conclusion.”, the governing body said.
FIFA says Swiss prosecutor investigations into Gianni Infantino have been closed. Slightly weird triumphalist tone to the statement pic.twitter.com/sagAJVk4Dr
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) October 26, 2023
Infantino also said it was a “full and clear victory for me, for the new FIFA and for justice.”