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FIFA in turmoil again as police raid former office of new president after Panama Papers revelation

SoccerBy Sunday World
Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino

Police raided UEFA headquarters on Wednesday after its former secretary general and now FIFA president Gianni Infantino became embroiled in the Panama Papers affair.

Infantino is "dismayed" and "will not accept" that his integrity is being doubted after documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca included a television rights contract bearing his signature.

The 46-year-old Swiss-Italian, in his former role as UEFA director of legal services, co-signed a television rights contract in 2006 with two businessmen who have since been caught up in football's corruption scandal, says the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists which is analysing 11million leaked files.

Infantino and UEFA deny wrongdoing, but Swiss authorities raided the Nyon offices of European football's governing body on Wednesday. UEFA said it would co-operate fully.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland said the raid, which was one of two which took place on Wednesday, was part of criminal proceedings directed against persons unknown.

A statement from the Swiss OAG said: "On April 6, 2016, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG), within the scope of ongoing criminal proceedings, conducted a search on a co-operative basis for the collection of evidence at the headquarters of the UEFA and at another enterprise.

"The search was motivated by the suspicion of criminal mismanagement (Art. 158 of the Swiss Criminal Code / SCC) and, respectively, that of misappropriation (Art. 138 of the SCC).

"The OAG's criminal proceedings are in connection with the acquisition of television rights and are at present directed against persons unknown, meaning that for the time being, no specific individual is being targeted by these proceedings."