Geneva - FIFA denied on Friday reports in
German media that president Gianni Infantino was under investigation for a
possible ethics violation.
Die Welt newspaper reported that Infantino
had improperly ordered the destruction of the minutes of a FIFA executive
committee meeting held at last month's congress in Mexico city.
According to the paper, FIFA's independent
ethics committee was looking at the issue and could impose a 90-day ban on the
new president if the allegation was confirmed.
But a spokesperson for the ethics
committee's investigatory arm, Roman Geiser, said that "there are no
formal proceedings going on against Infantino".
FIFA spokesperson Delia Fischer, in a
separate statement emailed, said the allegations were baseless.
"The email exchange that makes mention
of the deletion of audio files refers to a copy of the original audio file of
the meeting that was improperly stored on a local drive," she said.
"This mention does not refer to the
officially archived audio file. That file exists and is properly saved at
The volatile Mexico City congress was the
first since Infantino replaced FIFA's disgraced former president Sepp Blatter
following a vote during an extraordinary congress in Zurich on February 26.
It included the shock resignation of FIFA's
audit and compliance chief Domenico Scala, who accused Infantino of trying to
compromise the independence of key FIFA bodies, including the ethics committee.
Some FIFA insiders have also suggested that
Infantino wanted Scala - who sits on the remuneration committee - to leave,
amid a dispute about the new president's salary.
Infantino, who has been in his new job for
less than 100 days, has not yet agreed to a contract.
He has been widely criticised in the German
press for allegedly refusing the salary proposed - reportedly more than a million
euros - because he considered it insufficient.
Die Welt claimed Infantino had asked in
emails to have the tape recording of the meeting in Mexico City, in which his
salary was discussed, deleted.
The FIFA supremo left for Los Angeles on
Friday morning and will attend the opening match of the Copa America between
hosts the United States and Colombia later on Friday.