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Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino

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Gianni Infantino

The Swiss special federal public prosecutor has opened criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

The proceedings follow an investigation by the prosecutor, Stefan Keller, into complaints regarding meetings between Infantino, Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber and the chief public prosecutor of the Upper Valais, Rinaldo Arnold.

A statement from the Swiss federal council said Keller has concluded that there are "indications of criminal conduct" in connection with those meetings.

Lauber and Infantino met twice in 2016, the year that Infantino was elected FIFA president.

Infantino was asked about the case at last month's FIFA Council meeting when he described the formal complaints against him as "absurd".

"To meet with the head prosecutor or attorney general of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and it's perfectly legal," he said.