FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was elected in February to lead the global soccer body into calmer waters after a series of corruption scandals has been cleared of ethics violations.
FIFA’s independent ethics committee said it had concluded a formal investigation into the conduct of the President. The statement by the committee said “It was found that no violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) had been committed by Mr Infantino’. The statement went on further to say ‘Investigations were carried out ‘diligently over several weeks’ and included a large number of statements and interviews from witnesses and Mr Infantino himself.
German media outlets have been reporting for several weeks that Infantino, whose predecessor Sepp Blatter was banned for six years for ethics violations, was under investigation. FIFA has been in turmoil for the last number of months and last year football officials in the United States as well as former members of the executive committee were investigated and charged with corruption related charges. In addition, the footballing body has been forced to investigate the controversies surrounding the showpiece of the World Cup Finals, especially the granting of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Blatter was banned by FIFA’s own ethics committee and former European soccer boss and French international Michel Platini was also banned and is currently serving a four year suspension from all footballing matters with FIFA.