Report: FIFA chief faces ethics probe

FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be interviewed by a senior figure from the world governing body’s ethics committee over allegations he breached its code of ethics, it was reported on Thursday.

According to the BBC, Infantino will meet with Robert Torres from the ethics committee, who also serves as chief justice of the supreme court of Guam, as part of a preliminary investigation into issues including potential conflicts of interest and expenses claims.

If the ethics committee concludes there is enough evidence to launch a formal inquiry, Infantino could be suspended for up to 90 days.

Infantino, who replaced Sepp Blatter in the top job in February and promised to “restore the image and respect of FIFA”, strongly denies the allegations.

A FIFA spokesperson told BBC Sport: “The FIFA president has stated publicly he fully respects the independence and work of the ethics committee and that he would provide, if required, whatever information necessary to facilitate any potential review by the committee.

“The president has made clear that he has acted appropriately and in accordance with FIFA’s code of ethics.”

According to the BBC report, the preliminary meeting between Infantino and ethics committee representatives could take place as early as Friday.

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