World football governing body, FIFA has issued a statement about legal proceedings opened against President, Gianni Infantino.

Swiss prosecutor, Stefan Keller opened proceedings on Thursday with allegations about secret meetings between Infantino and Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.

According to the watchdog overseeing the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (AOG), the meetings could have gone against the law.

“This concerns abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, assisting offenders and incitement to these acts,” the watchdog overseeing the OAG said in a statement.

FIFA indicates that they acknowledge the decision by Keller and will give all the necessary help during investigations.

Below is the full statement extracted from fifa.com

FIFA acknowledges the decision of the Swiss Special Federal Public Prosecutor in opening an investigation regarding the meetings involving the FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber. FIFA, including the FIFA President, remains at the disposal of the Swiss authorities and will, as we have always done, cooperate fully with this 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 organisation,” 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.”

When Gianni Infantino was elected for the first time four years ago, FIFA was involved as a damaged party in more than 20 proceedings in Switzerland alone.

There was a mountain of questions,” the FIFA President also added during the Council press conference. “So it’s legitimate to offer to contribute to the Swiss Attorney General about the clarification of these events, hoping that those who have done criminal acts and damaged FIFA will be held to account for that.

Keller was appointed last month to carryout investigations about criminal complaints about the said meetings.

Lauber was appointed in 2015 to lead investigations into FIFA and this led to the resignation of several people including the then FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

Joel Muyita

Joel Muyita is a senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports.

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