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Swiss prosecutors drop investigation into FIFA boss Infantino over private jet



Swiss prosecutors drop investigation into FIFA boss Infantino over private jet

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Proceedings against FIFA President closed

Swiss federal prosecutors have closed an investigation into FIFA president Gianni Infantino over his use of a private jet in 2017, world soccer’s governing body said on Thursday.


In a statement welcoming the decision, FIFA said the investigation “related to a private jet being chartered to fly from Suriname to Switzerland in 2017”.

“It has been confirmed that the travel arrangements … were in line with FIFA’s compliance rules and regulations – a decision that is in line with the ruling of FIFA Ethics Committee in August 2020 on this case,” FIFA added.

“Following the OAG’s judgement, the Swiss state shall bear all costs related to the investigation, while the FIFA President has also decided to waive any claim for damages, thus foregoing any potential compensation.

“The FIFA president has been fully at the disposal of the Swiss authorities and remains hopeful that the judicial system recognises that the current FIFA administration has turned the page on the past and is now established as a credible and respected organisation.”

FIFA’s ethics committee previously looked into the allegations and cleared Infantino in 2020.




Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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