For­mer top UN of­fi­cial: FIFA lead­ers ‘vi­o­late’ con­duct rules

Malta Independent - - SPORT | CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

The for­mer UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights re­signed in May — days af­ter FIFA ousted Maduro — in an email to FIFA sec­re­tary gen­eral Fatma Samoura now pub­lished by a Bri­tish par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee.

Pil­lay told Samoura, who left the UN to join FIFA last year, that its in­tegrity rules guarded against "im­proper in­ter­fer­ence, ex­er­cise of in­flu­ence or pres­sure" on of­fi­cials who were ap­pointed to be in­de­pen­dent.

Block­ing Mutko over rules pro­hibit­ing gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence would be a "dis­as­ter" for the 2018 World Cup and threaten In­fantino's pres­i­dency, Maduro claimed Samoura told him.

Mutko was forced to give up his FIFA Coun­cil seat rep­re­sent­ing Euro­pean soc­cer, though con­tin­ues to chair Rus­sia's com­mit­tee or­ga­niz­ing the 2018 World Cup.

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