FIFA president Gianni Infantino is reportedly facing a suspension for ordering the deletion of audio files.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino could be facing a suspension for asking to delete recorded minutes from a FIFA Council meeting, German publication Welt reports.
Leaked emails show Infantino asked to have audio recordings from the May 23 meeting deleted. Though the audio files were kept, Infantino’s emails could necessitate an ethics investigation.
“We are not in a position to indicate if we have or have not preliminary investigatory proceedings against an individual,” FIFA said in a statement. “We would however like to point out that there are no formal proceedings going on against Mr. Infantino.”
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FIFA also released a statement saying the files Infantino asked to be deleted were not the officially archived notes:
Here are the emails that indicate Infantino wanted the files deleted:
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Infantino is three months into his tenure as president, having taken over for the beleaguered Sepp Blatter. The recordings are not the first obstacle Infantino has encountered—FIFA audit chairman Dominic Scala resigned last month after a conflict with Infantino over corruption in FIFA.