FIFA Prez is Dis­mayed by the Panama Link

The Economic Times - - Sports -

Fifa pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino is "dis­mayed" and "will not ac­cept" that his in­teg rity is be­ing doubted, in re­la­tion to doc­u­ments leaked from the Pana­ma­nian law firm Mos­sack Fon­seca.

In­fantino, in his for­mer role as UEFA di­rec­tor of le­gal ser­vices, re­port­edly signed off a tele­vi­sion con­tract in 2006 with two busi­ness­men who have since been caught up in football's cor­rup­tion scandal.Both he and UEFA is­sued state­ments on Tues­day evening, the Swiss un­happy with the me­dia's por­trayal of the situation and in­sist­ing the Euro­pean gov­ern­ing body had al­ready "dis­closed in de­tail all facts re­gard­ing these con­tracts". In­fantino said: "I am dis­mayed and will not ac­cept that my in­tegrity is be­ing doubted by cer­tain ar­eas of the me­dia, es­pe­cially given that UEFA has al­ready dis­closed in de­tail all facts re­gard­ing these con­tracts. "From the mo­ment I was made aware of the lat­est me­dia en­quiries on the mat­ter, I im­me­di­ately con­tacted UEFA to seek clar­ity. I did this be­cause I am no longer with UEFA, and it is they who ex­clu­sively pos­sess all con­trac­tual in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to this query. In the mean­time, UEFA has an­nounced that it has been con­duct­ing a re­view of its nu­mer­ous com­mer­cial con­tracts and has an­swered ex­ten­sively all me­dia ques­tions re­lated to these spe­cific con­tracts."

In­fantino was re­port­edly in­volved in con­clud­ing a deal for Cham­pi­ons League football broad­cast rights in Ecuador dur­ing 2006 with busi­ness­men Hugo and Mar­i­ano Jinkis. The con­tract was also co-signed by an­other UEFA di­rec­tor, as is stan­dard prac­tice. Among the 11 mil­lion doc­u­ments leaked from the Pana­ma­nian law firm Mos­sack Fon­seca, it is claimed the rights were im­me­di­ately sold on by the South Amer­i­can duo - own­ers of off­shore com­pany Cross Trad­ing - for al­most three times the price. The leaked doc­u­ments were ob­tained by the Ger­man news­pa­per Sud­deutsche Zeitung.

Like In­fantino, UEFA also ex­pressed its dis­may at sug­ges­tions of any wrong­do­ing - be­fore ac­cus­ing the me­dia of mis­lead­ing the pub­lic with such talk.

Its state­ment read: "UEFA is dis­mayed by cer­tain sto­ries in the me­dia sug­gest­ing that there might have been un­to­ward or im­proper con­duct in con­nec­tion with a tele­vi­sion rights con­tract con­cluded with a com­pany based in Ecuador in 2006. "For the record, and as re­peat­edly ex­plained to the me­dia, there was never any sug­ges­tion that any­thing im­proper took place. These ex­pla­na­tions have been con­veyed to the me­dia in a clear, rea­son­able, and per­fectly trans­par­ent way. It is there­fore all the more re­gret­table that, de­spite the ex­pla­na­tions given, some sec­tions of the me­dia have cho­sen to mis­rep­re­sent mat­ters and mis­lead the pub­lic by sug­gest­ing or im­ply­ing oth­er­wise.

UEFA con­tin­ued: "For the record, nei­ther UEFA nor Gianni In­fantino have ever been con­tacted by any au­thor­i­ties in con­nec­tion with this par­tic­u­lar con­tract. Of course, if UEFA is con­tacted for any rea­son then it will be more than happy to co­op­er­ate.

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