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Criminal proceedings against Infantino grotesque and absurd, says FIFA [Video]


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VIDEO SHOWS: NEWS CONFERENCE AND INTERVIEW WITH FIFA DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL FOR ADMINISTRATION, ALASDAIR BELL, FILE FOOTAGE OF FIFA PRESIDENT, GIANNI INFANTINO, EXTERIORS OF FIFA HEADQUARTERS, FILE FOOTAGE OF SWISS ATTORNEY GENERAL, MICHAEL LAUBER

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UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 3, 2020) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL FOR ADMINISTRATION, ALASDAIR BELL, SAYING:

“The initially point I wish to make however, and I wish to make it really plainly, is that there is no accurate basis whatsoever for this criminal examination. There is no description of criminal conduct of any kind that has actually been interacted to FIFA unless satisfying the (Swiss) attorney general of the United States has in some way end up being a criminal offense in Switzerland, which I rather doubt. We have no concept what it is that the FIFA president has actually done incorrect or which might even from another location be referred to as criminal conduct. He (Gianni Infantino) visited the attorney general of the United States since it’s part of his task to do so. FIFA was included and is still associated with numerous cases on preceding the attorney general of the United States. Cases where we hope one day the workplace of the attorney general of the United States will in fact make some development. And we wish to be transparent about this. We wish to share this with the media and with the general public since honestly, there is something a bit grotesque and unjust about all this since we are 100% positive that will never ever be a criminal charge, far less a criminal conviction, against the FIFA president. But regardless of this, we have a scenario, we need to acknowledge this, where objectively there is damage to both FIFA and to the FIFA president just since of the presence of this criminal examination and we believe that’s not right, it’s unfair. Now we will work together totally with the examination. We wish to work together since we desire the fact to come out and we desire it to come out rapidly.”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL FOR ADMINISTRATION, ALASDAIR BELL, SAYING:

“If somebody opens a criminal examination with all the media circus that chooses that, there requires to be a great factor and we do not have any factors. That’s why I state it, and I wish to duplicate it; there’s no accurate basis for this examination. We have some confidential grievances and that may be a bit associated to your concern. We do not understand who made all these grievances. This is the genesis I expect of the examination and possibly individuals that made the grievances want to see Gianni Infantino fall. OK, however here we’re speaking about a criminal examination and I believe that if there is or if there are individuals who want to see him fall and who have actually managed this I believe it would be a function, a rewarding and a great function, of the media to bring this out.”

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5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL FOR ADMINISTRATION, ALASDAIR BELL, SAYING:

“It’s not forbidden for the president of FIFA or the CEO of a business, or the chairman of a business to satisfy the attorney general of the United States of a nation. I suggest in which nation would that be prohibited? I suggest you visit the most senior law officer in the nation to use cooperation for the functions of criminal examination and then you wind up being the topic of a criminal examination yourself. I suggest, what sort of message does this send to business inSwitzerland You much better not go and see the attorney general of the United States otherwise you may be based on a criminal examination. This is why we have actually stated, the FIFA president has actually stated, and why we are stating that there is something sort of absurd about this. And then individuals begin to attempt to draw parallels with Sepp Blatter and all the rest of it. It’s got absolutely nothing to do with it. So, if there is something criminal, recommending criminal behaviour we would actually like to understand from the unique district attorney what that is since we do not understand. Nobody understands.”

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7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL FOR ADMINISTRATION, ALASDAIR BELL, SAYING:

“Well, he will protect himself. The just factor we had journalism conference today with the legal representatives is since a criminal, a legal criminal treatment was opened and we wished to talk through the specifics of that however make no error. I suggest, you will absolutely be hearing, the world’s media will be speaking with GianniInfantino He’s definitely not concealing behind the legal representatives that’s for sure. He would have enjoyed to be there and he will exist. So, I do not believe the reality that he wasn’t there today does not suggest anything. You’re going to speak with him. He wishes to protect himself robustly and I’m sure he will.”

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9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL FOR ADMINISTRATION, ALASDAIR BELL, SAYING:

” I believe it will be soon. I believe it will remain in a matter of days. How long the principles committee requires to decide on this matter, I do not understand and that was certainly something that a great deal of individuals have an interest in – what will principles do and we can actually just hypothesize. But as I stated today and as I stated to among the other interviews, we can just base ourselves on what we understand and all we understand is that a criminal examination exists, it’s been opened, we have actually not actually been informed why it’s open in the sense of any description of criminal behaviour. What we understand is that there were conferences with the attorney general of the United States. One of these conferences individuals do not keep in mind the information of it and based upon the reality individuals do not keep in mind the information of it this unique district attorney says you for that reason can’t leave out the possibility that something criminal may have been talked about. OK, that’s all we understand.”

BERN, SWITZERLAND (FILE – OCTOBER 16, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

10 GIANNI INFANTINO TALKING ON PHONE OUTSIDE HOTEL

PARIS, FRANCE (FILE – JUNE 4, 2019) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

12 FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO GREETING PEOPLE AS HE ARRIVES AT HOTEL FOR AFC EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESS

13 INFANTINO TALKING TO AFC DELEGATES

13 INFANTINO TALKING

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE – FEBRUARY 1, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

14 NUMEROUS OF INFANTINO WITH BALL ON PITCH AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (FILE – FEBRUARY 29, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

15 OUTSIDES OF FIFA HEADQUARTERS

16 FIFA SIGN ON EXTERIOR OF HEADQUARTERS

17 INFANTINO DRESSED IN FOOTBALL KIT AND CARRYING FOOTBALL, WALKING ALONGSIDE FABIO CAPELLO OF ITALY (WEARING COAT) AND OTHERS

18 INFANTINO WITH THE BALL, PASSES AND FORMER SPAIN INTERNATIONAL AND REAL MADRID PLAYER MICHEL SALGADO (ORANGE BIB) CROSSES IN FRONT OF INFANTINO

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (FILE – SEPTEMBER 24, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

19 FLAGS OUTSIDE FIFA’S HEADQUARTERS

20 FLAG WITH LOGO, READING: “FIFA MY GAME IS FAIR PLAY”

21 NUMEROUS EXTERIORS OF FIFA HEADQUARTERS

BERN, SWITZERLAND (MAY 10, 2019) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

22 SWISS ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL LAUBER ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE

23 NUMEROUS OF NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS

24 LAUBER SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (FILE – SEPTEMBER 14, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

25 LAUBER ON STAGE AT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROSECUTORS’ CONFERENCE

26 LAUBER SPEAKING AT CONFERENCE (NOT A SOUNDBITE)

STORY: Global soccer body FIFA has actually explained the choice by Swiss authorities to open criminal proceedings against its president Gianni Infantino recently as grotesque and absurd.

Swiss authorities stated on Thursday (July 30) that proceedings had actually been released against the existing FIFA employer by an unique district attorney checking out conferences he had with Swiss Attorney General MichaelLauber Lauber and Infantino have actually currently rejected misbehavior.

“There is no accurate basis whatsoever for this criminal examination,” FIFA deputy basic secretary Alasdair Bell informed a press conference held by video on Monday (August 3)

“There is no description of criminal conduct of any kind that has actually been interacted toFIFA There is something a little grotesque and unjust in all this since we are 100% positive there will never ever be a criminal charge against the FIFA president,” he included.

“But we have a scenario where, objectively, there is damage to both FIFA and the FIFA president just since of the presence of this criminal examination.”

The AB-BA guard dog, which supervises the Attorney General’s workplace (OAG), stated Thursday in a declaration that unique district attorney Stefan Keller had actually discovered signs of criminal conduct associated to their conferences. Keller was selected in June to evaluate grievances against the 2 guys and others.

The proceedings worried abuse of public workplace, breach of main secrecy, helping wrongdoers and “incitement to these acts,” it stated.

“If somebody opens a criminal examination there requires to be a great factor and we do not have any factors,” statedBell “We have some confidential grievances however we do not understand who made them.”

FIFA stated that, at the time of the conferences kept in 2016 and 2017, the OAG was performing examinations in more than 20 cases associated with a scandal in which FIFA ended up being involved prior to Infantino was chosen president in 2016.

“You go to the most senior law officer in the nation to use details for a criminal examination and then you wind up being a topic of a criminal examination yourself,” stated Bell.

“This is why we are stating there is something sort of absurd about this.”

In an interview with Reuters later on, Bell stated Infantino would be speaking with the media in the next couple of days to personally protect himself.

(Production: Tim Hart)

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