FIFA president Gianni Infantino cleared of ethics violations claims

Football's world governing body has found no evidence of wrongdoing

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been cleared of possible ethics violations.

He was questioned over claims he had made unauthorised use of private planes, hired and fired staff without following proper procedures and inflated his expenses.

But the governing body's ethics committee found no evidence that Infantino, who only replaced Sepp Blatter in February, was guilty of the allegations.

In a statement, football's world governing body said: "FIFA President Gianni Infantino is pleased that, following a thorough review, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has determined that 'no violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) has been committed'. This decision has been accepted by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, which conducted its own comprehensive review of the decision.

"With this matter now resolved, the President and the FIFA administration will continue to focus on developing football as well as their efforts to improve the organisation. Tangible progress has been made in key areas such as ensuring that those who have acted against the interests of football are identified and held to account, improving FIFA’s governance and repairing its reputation, and restoring trust with its stakeholders. This critical work will continue.

"The President would like to thank all those who cooperated with the Ethics Committee to ensure that the facts were heard and the truth prevailed."