FIFA President Gianni Infantino insists he has “acted appropriately and in accordance with the code of ethics” as he prepares to be questioned by the Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee.
BBC Sport has reported that the Swiss will be interviewed by Robert Torres concerning allegations he breached world football’s governing body’s ethics regulations concerning expenses claims.
The Investigatory Chamber could decide to open a full investigation into Infantino if they find sufficient evidence.
The worst outcome for the FIFA President could be a 90-day ban should the allegations against him be proven.
Infantino has always denied the suggestions he has been involved in any wrongdoing and has accused those involved in the leaking of a series of memos and documents as having a “vendetta” against him.
“The FIFA President has stated publicly he fully respects the independence and work of the Ethics Committee and that he would provide, if required, whatever information necessary to facilitate any potential review by the Committee,” a FIFA statement read.
“The President has made clear that he has acted appropriately and in accordance with FIFA’s Code of Ethics.”
It comes after Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung published a leaked memo, sent by an unknown employee to Sindi Mabaso Koyana, deputy chairperson of the Audit and Compliance Committee, which detailed a number of questionable expense claims made by Infantino since he took office in February.
The suggestions were dismissed by world football’s governing body as “misinformation and a distraction by those who oppose the positive changes within FIFA”, but the issues continue to mount for the former UEFA general secretary.
In June, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z) said it has obtained documents that suggest Infantino acted "unethically" during his first three months in charge.
The newspaper subsequently passed the evidence on to FIFA’s Ethics Committee.
The accusations include suggestions Infantino took several trips by private jet from Geneva to both Russia and Qatar - the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively - but no bill was issued.
Among the other allegations published are claims that Infantino made a number of private purchases at FIFA's expense, including a fitness stepper machine, mattresses, a tuxedo, flowers and football boots.
These came to a combined cost of nearly CHF15,000 (£11,000/$15,500/€14,000), F.A.Z claimed, although FIFA said the transactions were in line with their rules.
Infantino's use of a third vehicle - in addition to his personal car and the FIFA chauffeur service - was also questioned with F.A.Z saying car services had mainly been used by the Swiss’ entourage as most of the time he was outside of Switzerland.
One particular bone of contention among many in the football world is that he has yet to agree on a salary for his role as President and it is thought this was one of the reasons behind his now infamous fallout with former Audit and Compliance Committee chair Domenico Scala.
The Swiss’ tenure in charge of the scandal-hit organisation has been plagued with difficulties, with the latest accusations coming amid a string of claims during his tenure to date.
He was reportedly facing an ethics probe for allegedly deleting the recordings of a meeting of FIFA’s ruling Council at the Congress in Mexico City in May, during which he was accused of orchestrating a plot to remove Scala.
The Swiss-Italian then resigned the day after the Congress, sparking a public war of words between Scala and Infantino.
Scala claimed a motion conducted by Infantino and passed by FIFA's membership, which gave the Council the ability to sack the heads of the Independent Committees without taking it to a vote at Congress, had "deprived the Committees of their independence".
Infantino then hit back, insisting he was a victim of a "witch-hunt" and that Scala was guilty of “playground behaviour”.
FIFA has appointed Tomaž Vesel of Slovenia as Scala's replacement as chair of its Audit and Compliance Committee earlier this month.