Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter called for his successor Gianni Infantino to be suspended by the global football agency following a criminal lawsuit against Infantino in Switzerland.
Swiss authorities said Thursday that a special prosecutor has filed a lawsuit against the current FIFA boss to investigate his meeting with Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber. Lauber and Infantino denied that they were at fault.
Blatter, 84, said in a statement to Reuters: “For me, it is clear that the FIFA Ethics Committee must file a lawsuit against Infantino and therefore must suspend him.”
Blatter has been chairman of FIFA for 17 years. After becoming the subject of Swiss criminal proceedings in 2015, he himself was suspended and subsequently banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee.
The FIFA Ethics Committee will not comment on whether Infantino, who was elected in 2016, will face an internal investigation.
It said in an email statement to Reuters: “Please note that as a general policy, the Ethics Committee will not comment on potential ongoing litigation proceedings, nor will it comment on the ongoing investigation of suspected cases. .”
“As always, any information that the ethics committee wishes to share will be communicated accordingly according to its instructions.”
Blatter’s investigation is still ongoing. He has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged. It focused on paying 2 million Swiss francs ($2.2 million) to the then UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011, and Blatter approved the Frenchman’s work ten years ago. work.
Blatter was suspended for eight years, the appeal was reduced to six years, and Platini was also suspended for eight years, reduced to four years. Platini denied that he was at fault.
The FIFA Ethics Committee is divided into an investigation room and a courtroom, which have been led by Colombian Maria Claudia Rojas and Greek Vassilios Skouris since 2017.
They replaced Swiss Cornel Borbely and German Hans-Joachim Eckert who were deposed when the FIFA decision-making committee decided not to extend its mandate.