FIFA’S INFANTINO SADDENED BY SAM’S EXIT
Fifa president Gianni Infantino says he was saddened by Sam Allardyce’s departure from the England job after just one game, but promised to crack down on third-party ownership of players.
Allardyce’s comments to undercover reporters about circumventing FA rules preventing private investors from owning part of a player’s economic rights were a principal reason behind his departure last month.
“I was surprised,” said Infantino, speaking at the re-opening of Windsor Park in Belfast. “Then I felt very sad because when stories like this come out, it’s not good for football.
“Now before taking any final judgement, we have to wait for the investigation by the FA and then we will see how to move on. It looks as if it (third-party ownership) is still an issue. It’s something that we need to look at. We cannot allow the game to be influenced by the economic interests of third parties.”