Infantino faces yet another ethics complaint
A NEW York University law professor who resigned from a Fifa governance committee has filed an ethics complaint against the global football body’s leadership, the New York Times reports.
According to the newspaper, the complaint lodged by Joseph Weiler claims that Fifa president Gianni Infantino, Infantino’s top deputy and other senior officials intervened in their committee’s work in a bid to block scrutiny of senior football officials.
Fifa declined to comment on the report, which came on the same day that Miguel Maduro, the former chairperson of Fifa’s governance committee, gave a devastating indictment before a British parliamentary committee on Infantino’s “commitment” to reform.
Maduro said the Fifa leadership interfered with his committee’s work, ignored rules and ultimately sacked him in order to maintain power, saying only “external pressure” would force the corruption-tainted organisation to change.
Weiler and three other members of Maduro’s committee resigned in May after Infantino fired Maduro, less than a year after he was appointed.
Weiler confirmed his own complaint in a telephone interview with the New York Times on Wednesday.
“It was filed in the last few days,” Weiler said, adding that it covered many of the same claims Maduro made to the British parliamentary panel.
Maduro said he and Infantino clashed over Maduro’s attempt to bar Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko to stand for a seat on Fifa’s council, because it violated rules against governmental interference in football.
The former Portuguese government minister said that Infantino, who succeeded disgraced Sepp Blatter as Fifa boss in 2016, has opted “to survive politically” even if it means forsaking the effort to stamp out corruption.
“I want to believe the ethics committee will not remain indifferent to these issues and there will be serious investigations,” Weiler said. – AFP
STEADYING THE SHIP: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.