The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

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.”

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