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FIFA president Gianni Infantino booted ethics committee members who were investigating him

  • Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:33

Sound familiar?

The ouster of Sepp Blatter returned credibility to FIFA for all of... a few months. New president Gianni Infantino is already looking extremely suspicious after he ordered the replacement of ethics committee members while they were investigating him for possible wrongdoing.

When they were removed, FIFA investigators Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely said that their exit would "greatly set back the work of the ethics commission and means the de facto end of FIFA’s reform efforts," adding, "this will inevitably lead to a renewed loss of trust and further hurt the already tarnished image of FIFA.”

Before Infantino moved to replace Eckert and Borbely, they had started looking into complaints that Infantino and FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura acted unethically to influence the CAF presidential election. Some African football officials alleged that Infantino and Samoura made promises to divert funding to the FAs of members who voted for their preferred candidate, Ahmad Ahmad, who was elected in March.

There isn't any publicly available evidence that these accusations are true, and there may be no firm evidence at all. But FIFA got rid of the people looking into it before they could get their investigation off the ground.

Infantino isn't doing a good job of crafting a better public image for FIFA and himself than his predecessor. No one has any reason to believe that corruption has been cleaned up at FIFA.

Skill of the day

It's the 43rd anniversary of the Cruyff Turn. (r/soccer)

In the news

Bayern Munich has been forced to deny that they're interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo. (FC Bayern)

Florentino Perez has been re-elected as Real Madrid president. (RMFC)

Luka Modric is under investigation for perjury after changing his testimony during the trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chairman Zdravko Mamic. (Independent)

The Chinese FA is proposing a 100 percent tax on transfers for CSL clubs, essentially doubling any transfer fee. (BBC)

You should be reading

Ryan Herman on the time Manchester United and Liverpool tried to launch their own beers. (Vice)

Hugo Greenhalgh on Montreal legend Patrice Bernier. (In Bed With Maradona)

Tom Sanderson on how Brazilian clubs deal with losing stars. (These Football Times)

Fun with transfer rumors

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly asking his agent to do "whatever it takes" to get him to Manchester United. (AS)

Chelsea is confident they'll sign Romelu Lukaku and Tiemoue Bakayoko. (Standard)

AC Milan's preferred Gianluigi Donnarumma replacement might be Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno. (Bild)

Dani Alves looks likely to join Manchester City. (Guardian)

Andres Guardado is denying that he already has an agreement to join LAFC. (ESPN FC)

Barcelona might offer up Rafinha in a swap deal to get Hector Bellerin. (Marca)

And they're going to exercise Gerard Deulofeu's buyback clause. (Telegraph)

Napoli's main transfer targets are Empoli's Mario Rui and Bordeaux's Adam Ounas. (Football Italia)

Liverpool are thinking about spending big for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Mirror)

What happened this weekend

Russia won the opening game of the Confederations Cup.

There were two good games on Sunday, but VAR stole the show.

AC Milan fans in Poland threw fake money at Gianluigi Donnarumma to taunt him.

Here's a huge brawl in the CSL, started by Oscar. (Telegraph)

You can fight highlights of all this weekend's MLS games here. (MLS)

And NWSL highlights are here. (NWSL) - All Posts


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