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FIFA ethics court drops investigation of President Infantino

  • FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2016 file photo Swiss Gianni Infantino, then new FIFA President, smiles during the press conference after being elected, at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA's ethics committee has cleared Infantino of alleged misconduct relating to use of private flights. FIFA ethics prosecutors say their decision to end a formal investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and improperly accepting gifts was supported by FIFA ethics judges. ( Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2016 file photo Swiss Gianni Infantino, then new FIFA President, smiles during the press conference after being elected, at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA's ethics committee has cleared Infantino of alleged misconduct relating to use of private flights. FIFA ethics prosecutors say their decision to end a formal investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and improperly accepting gifts was supported by FIFA ethics judges. ( Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 18, 2016 file photo  FIFA-President Gianni Infantino smiles during a press conference after the FIFA executive meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, March 18, 2016. FIFA's ethics committee has cleared Infantino of alleged misconduct relating to use of private flights. FIFA ethics prosecutors say their decision to end a formal investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and improperly accepting gifts was supported by FIFA ethics judges. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP, file)

    FILE - In this March 18, 2016 file photo FIFA-President Gianni Infantino smiles during a press conference after the FIFA executive meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, March 18, 2016. FIFA's ethics committee has cleared Infantino of alleged misconduct relating to use of private flights. FIFA ethics prosecutors say their decision to end a formal investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and improperly accepting gifts was supported by FIFA ethics judges. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2016 file photo Swiss Gianni Infantino, then new FIFA President, smiles during the press conference after being elected, at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA's ethics committee has cleared Infantino of alleged misconduct relating to use of private flights. FIFA ethics prosecutors say their decision to end a formal investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and improperly accepting gifts was supported by FIFA ethics judges. ( Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2016 file photo Swiss Gianni Infantino, then new FIFA President, smiles during the press conference after being elected, at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA's ethics committee has cleared Infantino of alleged misconduct relating to use of private flights. FIFA ethics prosecutors say their decision to end a formal investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and improperly accepting gifts was supported by FIFA ethics judges. ( Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

FIFA's ethics committee has cleared President Gianni Infantino of alleged misconduct relating to use of private flights.

FIFA ethics prosecutors say their decision to end a formal investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and improperly accepting gifts was supported by FIFA ethics judges.

The prosecuting chamber says: "It was found that no violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics had been committed by Mr. Infantino."

An internal FIFA memo leaked to media said Infantino took flights from the governments of World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar, plus former employer UEFA.

These benefits "were not considered improper," the statement said.

The weeks-long investigation also examined Infantino's hiring of senior advisers and refusal to sign his working contract since February.

However, these were judged as "internal compliance issues."