In­fantino faces yet an­other ethics com­plaint

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - SPORT -

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

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