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