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Infantino to be interviewed by FIFA ethics committee; Pres claims “vendetta”

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 18: FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 18, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images)

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Organized crime jokes and assertions are nothing new when it comes to FIFA, and this forthcoming tale of bitter, ousted FIFA members fits the bill.

Gianni Infantino will be interviewed by FIFA’s ethics committee regarding the use of private jets for recent trips to Russia and Qatar, two upcoming World Cup sites with blemished records.

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Infantino is said to be quite confident of his innocent status, and a BBC report says the charges against him are coming from inadequate people he removed from office.

From the BBC:

External legal counsel is said to have been hired by Fifa to provide an independent assessment of the claims against Infantino. It is believed to have concluded he has no case to answer.

The same sources have described the allegations as part of a “vendetta” against Infantino by unnamed people who have recently left Fifa. Documents, it is claimed, have been deliberately leaked in order to destabilise the man elected to the top job in world football in February.

Of course, just because someone has an explanation doesn’t mean he’s right. FIFA is going to be picked at, poked and prodded over anything it does moving forward. Sure it’ll be annoying for those in charge, but hopefully it’s good for soccer.

MORE: Intrepid reporter Richard Conway has FIFA’s response.

Infantino set to face ethics investigators - Here’s Fifa’s formal response:

— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) July 14, 2016

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