FIFA President Gianni Infantino 'Under Investigation' By Ethics Committee
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is under investigation by the organization’s ethics committee for "more than one separate alleged instance of malpractice when he organised the sudden removal of the committee chairmen and members last month," according to David Conn of the London GUARDIAN. Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbély, who was chair of the ethics committee’s “investigatory chamber,” is examining complaints that Infantino and FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura "improperly sought to influence the election in March of their favoured candidate for president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad." The allegations "are understood to include claims from senior figures in African football that Infantino and Samoura promised FA presidents, in a series of private meetings, that they could accelerate the payment" of FIFA development money to their FAs if the presidents voted for Ahmad. Infantino is claimed to have maneuvered for "the ousting of the longstanding CAF president Issa Hayatou," after Hayatou "did not support him" in last year's presidential election (GUARDIAN, 6/18).