October 9 – Gianni Infantino’s hopes of influencing the judicial case against former Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber (pictured) appear to have been dashed.
According to Swiss press reports, FIFA will not be a party to the proceedings after being formally excluded by special prosecutor Stefan Keller.
The reports say that Keller has concluded FIFA does not qualify to be involved since its fundamental freedoms have not been violated, no obligation of confidentiality has been imposed and no coercive measures have been ordered.
Lauber, who resigned in August, was sanctioned earlier this year for disloyalty, lying and breaching his office’s code of conduct in the context of his much-publicised undocumented meetings with Infantino against whom criminal proceedings were opened during the summer.
Infantino has consistently rubbished the case against himself as “absurd” even though Keller said he found “elements that make up reprehensible behaviour” linked to the meetings with Lauber in 2016 and 2017.
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