In­fantino fears Big Sam sting is ‘tip of the ice­berg’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino has ex­pressed his con­cerns over third-party own­er­ship in foot­ball and hinted that the sport’s global gov­ern­ing body may need to adopt fresh mea­sures to weed out the is­sue. Sam Al­lardyce was sacked as Eng­land man­ager af­ter 67 days in charge when he was filmed mak­ing com­ments about how rules ban­ning trans­fers in­volv­ing third-party own­er­ship could be cir­cum­nav­i­gated in an un­der­cover news­pa­per sting.

“First of all, I was very sur­prised. Then I felt very sad be­cause when sto­ries like this come out with re­gard to mis­con­duct, money flows and so on, it’s not good for foot­ball,” In­fantino told Bri­tish me­dia of Al­lardyce’s de­par­ture.

The Tele­graph news­pa­per then un­earthed another cri­sis when eight cur­rent and former Premier League man­agers were ac­cused of re­ceiv­ing ‘bungs’ for player trans­fers as part of the same se­ries of re­ports high­light­ing cor­rup­tion in the game.

“When you hear that this is only the tip of the ice­berg and there is maybe more to come then this is maybe more wor­ry­ing. Be­fore tak­ing any fi­nal judge­ment, we have to wait for the investigation by the (English) FA,” In­fantino added.

“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’ve al­ways been say­ing that third-party own­er­ship is an is­sue in the sense that it in­flu­ences the game.

“We can­not al­low the game to be in­flu­enced by eco­nomic in­ter­ests of third par­ties. We need to look into that and try to get it out.” – Reuters

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