Gianni Infantino (51) wants to settle in Qatar, where the World Cup will take place next year. In doing so, the FIFA President wants to evade any legal consequences from criminal proceedings here in Switzerland. In his environment, there is great fear of having to follow the president to the Qatari capital Doha.
These rumors have been circulating for a few days since the Algerian online portal “Foot Afrique” reported about them. Infantino is said to have been in Doha last week to discuss this move. He even had a daughter enrolled in a school. And: On this occasion, Infantino had himself vaccinated against Corona, according to “Foot Afrique”.
No moving plans
Fifa denied these rumors to BLICK. It is not planned to move away from Zurich or the canton of Vaud – Infantino has an address in both places.
The rumors also come about because Fifa is planning a regional liaison office in Doha. But this has no effect on the residence of the president, so Fifa opposite VIEW.
Close ties to Qatar
“Switzerland at the weekend”, which reported on the rumors of the move, drew attention to Infantino’s close ties to Qatar. His secret meeting with the former federal prosecutor Michael Lauber (55) took place in a meeting room of the Bernese Hotel Schweizerhof, which belongs to the emirate.
Infantino also flew to one of the meetings with Lauber in the Emir of Qatar’s private jet. Criminal proceedings against Infantino, among others, have been ongoing in connection with these meetings since last summer. Special investigator Stefan Keller is investigating whether the meetings resulted in criminal acts such as favoritism. (sf)
Published: March 26th, 2021, 7:10 p.m.
Last updated: March 26, 2021, 41 minutes ago
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