Gianni Infantino faced investigation by Fifa ethics committee for alleged malpractice

• President organised replacement of ethics committee chairmen and members
• Also faced complaint of allegedly seeking to influence a CAF election

Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president, was under investigation by the organisation’s ethics committee for more than one separate alleged instance of malpractice when he organised the sudden removal of the committee chairmen and members last month.

The Guardian has learned that the Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely, who was chairman of the ethics committee’s “investigatory chamber”, had begun examining complaints that Infantino and the Fifa general secretary, Fatma Samoura, improperly sought to influence the election in March of their favoured candidate for president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad .

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