Ex-UN of­fi­cial slams FIFA lead­ers’ con­duct

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A for­mer top United Na­tions of­fi­cial cited FIFA lead­ers who “vi­o­late ... stan­dards of good con­duct” when she re­signed from a role mon­i­tor­ing in­tegrity at soc­cer’s world body. South African Judge Navi Pil­lay said in an email pub­lished on Fri­day that FIFA put “un­due in­flu­ence” on her gov­er­nance com­mit­tee col­league Miguel Maduro, who barred Rus­sian deputy prime min­is­ter Vi­taly Mutko from re-election to FIFA’s rul­ing coun­cil. Maduro met with Bri­tish law­mak­ers on Wed­nes­day and re­vealed FIFA pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino pres­sured him to pro­tect Mutko. Mutko was forced to give up his FIFA Coun­cil seat rep­re­sent­ing Euro­pean soc­cer, though he con­tin­ues to chair Russia’s com­mit­tee or­ga­niz­ing the 2018 World Cup.

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