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    The Swiss special prosecutor has opened criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino relating to dealings with the country’s attorney general Michael Lauber. Lauber offered to resign from his position last week after a court claimed he covered up undisclosed meetings with the head of football’s governing body and lied to supervisors while his office probed alleged corruption relating to FIFA. Stefan Keller was appointed as special prosecutor to review criminal complaints against Infantino, Lauber and other individuals. Proceedings have consequently commenced against Infantino and the chief public prosecutor of Upper Valais, Rinaldo Arnold. SOCCER NEWS: MLS is Back tournament updated schedule Keller has also requested permission to open proceedings against Lauber. A statement from the Swiss Federal Council said Keller had “reached the conclusion that, in connection with the meetings between Attorney General Lauber and FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the chief public prosecutor of the Upper Valais, there are indications of criminal conduct.” Both Infantino and Lauber have denied any wrongdoing. The Federal Council statement added: “The presumption of innocence applies to attorney general Michael Lauber, FIFA president Gianni Infantino and chief...
    A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened Thursday by a Swiss special prosecutor, plunging the soccer body into a new scandal. FIFA said it and Infantino will cooperate with Swiss authorities. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Special prosecutor Stefan Keller concluded there was enough evidence to go to court after investigating the circumstances of a meeting that Infantino had with Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber. Lauber offered his resignation last week. Keller has uncovered “elements that make up reprehensible behavior," according to the French-language version of a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutor's office. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold, and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber, too, according to the authority. Keller, a legal expert named to the post of special prosecutor on June 29, found possible infractions included abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, “assisting offenders” and “incitement to these acts,” the supervisory authority for the office of the attorney general said in its statement,...
    (CNN) — Un fiscal especial designado para investigar las reuniones privadas entre el exfiscal general suizo Michael Lauber y el presidente de la FIFA, Gianni Infantino, inició un proceso penal contra el jefe del fútbol mundial. Además, solicitó la aprobación para abrir un procedimiento contra Lauber, según anunciaron el jueves las autoridades suizas. Stefan Keller, quien fue designado como fiscal extraordinario el 29 de junio de 2020 para revisar las denuncias penales contra lnfantino y Lauber, dijo que encontró indicios de conducta criminal relacionada con las reuniones. MIRA: FIFA anuncia calendario de la Copa Mundial 2022 de Qatar: habrá cuatro juegos por día en la etapa de grupos Infantino, que ha estado a cargo de la FIFA desde febrero de 2016, negó haber actuado mal. El suizo de 50 años fue reelegido en junio de 2019 para un segundo mandato en el máximo organismo del fútbol profesional, sin haberse presentado oposición. Su presidencia se extenderá al menos hasta el año 2023. El presidente de la FIFA, Gianni Infantino, pronuncia un discurso durante el congreso de la organización deportiva en Manama (Bahrein)....
    Prosecutors in Switzerland have launched criminal proceedings against Fifa President Gianni Infantino to investigate his dealings with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.  Lauber last week offered to resign after a court concluded he covered up a meeting with Infantino and lied to supervisors while his office investigated corruption surrounding Football's governing body. The authority overseeing Switzerland's federal prosecutors on Thursday said that special prosecutor Stefan Keller, appointed earlier this month to review criminal complaints against the two men and others involved, had found indications of criminal conduct related to the meetings. Swiss authorities have launched criminal proceedings against Fifa President Gianni Infantino Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber offered to resign last week after a court concluded he covered up a meeting with Infantino and lied to supervisors RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Latest Premier League and European deals... 'The man's done a miracle. How can they even talk about... Arsenal 'register an interest in Jack Grealish' but will not... Newcastle takeover saga takes fresh twist as Saudi...
    CRIMINAL proceedings have been launched against Fifa president Gianni Infantino. The shock revelations comes following an investigation by the Swiss special federal public prosecutor Stefan Keller. 1Criminal proceedings have been launched against Fifa president Gianni InfantinoCredit: PA:Press Association Meetings between Infantino, Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber and the chief public prosecutor of the Upper Valais, Rinaldo Arnold are being looked into. A statement from the Swiss federal council said Keller has concluded that there are "indications of criminal conduct" in connection with those meetings. Both Lauber and Infantino have denied wrongdoing. Fifa did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The statement added: "This concerns abuse of public office (Article 312 of the Swiss Criminal Code), breach of official secrecy (Article 320 of the Swiss Criminal Code), assisting offenders (Article 305 of the Swiss Criminal Code) and incitement to these acts. "Additional criminal acts and the commencement of further proceedings remain reserved." INFANTINO SLAMS 'ABSURD' CLAIMS It was confirmed in the same statement that Keller is seeking approval from the relevant Swiss parliamentary committees to open criminal proceedings...
    (CNN)A special prosecutor appointed to look into undocumented meetings between Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber and FIFA President Gianni Infantino has launched criminal proceedings against the head of world football and requested approval to open proceedings against Lauber, Swiss authorities announced on Thursday.Stefan Keller, who was appointed as "extraordinary prosecutor" on June 29 2020 to review criminal complaints against the two men, has found indications of criminal conduct relating to the meetings.Infantino, who has been in charge of FIFA since February 2016, has denied any wrongdoing.Lauber, who has been Attorney General since 2012, offered to resign last week after a Swiss Federal court concluded he covered up a behind closed-doors meeting with Infantino in June 2017 and lied to supervisors while his office investigated corruption surrounding world football's governing body.The 54-year-old Lauber has denied lying and officially tendered his resignation on Tuesday.Read MoreIn a statement to CNN, the Swiss Attorney General's Office (OAG) said that it had taken note of the development and said Lauber would make statements to parliamentary committees if necessary.The 50-year-old Infantino was reelected for a second...
    GENEVA (AP) — A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened Thursday by a Swiss special prosecutor. The case is connected to a meeting Infantino had with the Swiss attorney general. The special prosecutor, Stefan Keller, closed an investigation into two complaints involving Infantino and attorney general Michael Lauber after turning up “elements that make up reprehensible behavior.” Lauber announced his resignation last week. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold, and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber, too, according to a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutors office. Keller, a legal expert named to the post of special prosecutor on June 29, found that possible infractions included abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, “assisting offenders” and “incitement to these acts,” the supervisory authority for the office of the attorney general said in its statement, adding other criminal acts and proceedings could also be considered. Suspects in such cases benefit from a presumption of innocence in Switzerland until legal proceedings are completed....
    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss special prosecutor opens criminal case against FIFA chief Infantino. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Using tear gas and rubber bullets, federal agents push protesters back from Portland courthouse An Unknown Salmonella Outbreak has Infected Over 100 People in 15 States Swiss attorney general lied to investigators, hid meeting with FIFA chief - court By John Revill © Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann FILE PHOTO: Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber arrives to be questioned by the Judicial Committee of the Swiss Parliament as part of proceedings that could lead to his impeachment, after criticism of his handling of an investigation into alleged corrupt ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's top law enforcement official committed several breaches of his official duties and lied to investigators while his office examined alleged corruption surrounding soccer governing body FIFA, a federal court said on Friday. Attorney General Michael Lauber made "implausible" statements about an undisclosed meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino in June 2017, the Federal Administrative Court (FAC) said. The court concluded Lauber "intentionally made a false statement" to the watchdog investigating his conduct and knowingly concealed the meeting. "Overall, the court finds that Attorney General Lauber committed several breaches of...
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber offered to resign Friday in the latest fallout from meetings he had with FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a sprawling investigation into soccer corruption. Lauber offered his resignation to the parliamentary judicial commission ahead of the publication of a federal court ruling in his appeal against being disciplined in March for misconduct. Lauber said he continued to dispute the allegation that he lied. “However, the fact that I am not believed as the attorney general is detrimental to the federal prosecution office,” he said in a statement. The internal disciplinary case against Lauber included a meeting he had with Infantino in June 2017 at a hotel in Bern at which the prosecutor took no notes. Lauber and Infantino both later said they could not recall what was discussed. Lauber had previously acknowledged two undeclared meetings he had in 2016 with the recently elected Infantino when they were reported in the Football Leaks series of confidential documents in November 2018. In 2018, Lauber called a news conference and said the first two...
    Governor slams state troopers seen refusing to wear masks: Absolutely unacceptable You Could Pay This Surprising New Way At Restaurants Soon Extraordinary prosecutor to investigate meetings between Swiss legal chief and FIFA boss Infantino An extraordinary prosecutor was appointed Friday to examen criminal complaints made against Switzerland's attorney-general Michael Lauber and FIFA president Gianni Infantino. © Handout FIFA chief Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference last month The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said that Stefan Keller, president of the country's Supreme Court as well as of the Administrative Tribunal of the Canton of Obwalden, will "examine the criminal complaints transmitted to the OAG by the presidents of the Federal Council". The complaints target Lauber and Infantino "as well as other people", the OAG's statement said. A Swiss parliamentary commission decided in May to open proceedings as part of an investigation over a number of alleged secret meetings between Lauber and Infantino. Lauber was suspected of "serious violation of the duties of office either intentionally or by gross negligence" and of violating "several duties of office" by...
    The July 4 speeches that helped define what America is — or what it should be Subway Just Pulled Their Most Popular Sandwich Deal Prosecutor to probe attorney general-FIFA president meetings GENEVA (AP) — A special prosecutor was appointed in Switzerland on Friday to assess complaints about alleged criminal conduct when attorney general Michael Lauber had undisclosed meetings with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. 23 Cool Products That Could Sell Out In 2020 LEARN MORE Ad Gadgets Post A Swiss government panel overseeing the federal prosecution office said it appointed Stefan Keller to evaluate four complaints filed by unidentified people. The statement gave no timetable for Keller to either dismiss the complaints as unfounded or recommend further investigations. Lauber and Infantino met twice in 2016, soon after the FIFA president was elected, and again in June 2017 while the attorney general controlled a sprawling investigation into corruption linked to the governing body of soccer and officials worldwide. Criminal proceedings are currently open against three former FIFA officials, including Infantino predecessor Sepp Blatter and Qatari soccer and television executive Nasser al-Khelaifi....
    Coronavirus updates: Cases rise in 40 of 50 states; Jersey Shore open, but L.A. beaches closed; Texas mask mandate begins Subway Just Pulled Their Most Popular Sandwich Deal Special prosecutor to examine allegations against FIFA boss, Swiss Attorney General By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Michael Shields © Reuters/Ruben Sprich FILE PHOTO: The FIFA logo is seen at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland named a special prosecutor to review criminal complaints against FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and Attorney General Michael Lauber after the men held undocumented meetings while Lauber's office was investigating suspected graft surrounding the global soccer body. Lauber last month became the first national official since modern Switzerland's founding in 1848 to undergo an impeachment process relating to his handling of the soccer inquiry. The watchdog overseeing Swiss federal prosecutors - Lauber's office - placed him under investigation last year after he held three closed-door meetings with FIFA President Infantino regarding the status of the corruption inquiry. On Friday, the watchdog announced that lawmakers conducting the impeachment process had asked it to review...
    By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — A special prosecutor was appointed in Switzerland on Friday to assess complaints about alleged criminal conduct when attorney general Michael Lauber had undisclosed meetings with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. A Swiss government panel overseeing the federal prosecution office said it appointed Stefan Keller to evaluate four complaints filed by unidentified people. The statement gave no timetable for Keller to either dismiss the complaints as unfounded or recommend further investigations. Lauber and Infantino met twice in 2016, soon after the FIFA president was elected, and again in June 2017 while the attorney general controlled a sprawling investigation into corruption linked to the governing body of soccer and officials worldwide. Criminal proceedings are currently open against three former FIFA officials, including Infantino predecessor Sepp Blatter and Qatari soccer and television executive Nasser al-Khelaifi. They all deny wrongdoing. Asked last week about the formal complaints and suggestion of collusion with Lauber, Infantino said “this whole thing is quite absurd.” “To meet with the head prosecutor or attorney general of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and...
    FIFA appealed Monday for “tolerance, mutual respect and common sense” after U.S. President Donald Trump denounced the annulment of a policy that required soccer players to stand during the national anthem. “I won’t be watching much anymore!” Trump tweeted Saturday. Trump retweeted a tweet by Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, who wrote: “I’d rather the US not have a soccer team than have a soccer team that won’t stand for the National Anthem.” It was United States captain Megan Rapinoe kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick that led to the U.S. Soccer Federation adopting the rule in 2017. It was annulled last week after American soccer leaders acknowledged a change in sentiment among the public since the death of George Floyd sparked global anti-racism protests. “FIFA strongly advocates for tolerance, mutual respect and common sense when such important matters are debated,” world soccer’s governing body said in a statement to The Associated Press when asked about Trump’s comments. “FIFA has a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of all forms of discrimination in football, as outlined in the FIFA Statutes. We must...
    FIFA President Gianni Infantino stepped into the debate about Bundesliga players who protested during matches against the death of George Floyd, saying Tuesday that they should be applauded and not punished. Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was booked for taking off his jersey during a Bundesliga match so he could display a T-shirt emblazoned with “Justice for George Floyd.” Dortmund teammate Achraf Hakimi and Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie carried the same messages on their body at the weekend in a technical breach of the game’s laws that led to the Germany soccer federation saying it was considering a disciplinary case despite expressing pride in their actions. Floyd, a black man and former community college basketball player, died after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and stopped pleading for air. His death has sparked protests across the United States and in other countries. “For the avoidance of doubt,” Infantino said, “in a FIFA competition the recent demonstrations of players in Bundesliga matches would deserve an applause and not...
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