Infantino Fired Those Who Investigated Him

The chairmen of the Ethics Committee was fired by Gianni Infantino because they investigated him. By Pål Ødegård ( ) and Håvard Melnæs Josimar have confirmation that FIFA President Gianni Infantino was indeed in the process of being investigated by the Ethics Committee for interfering in the CAF presidential elections in March this year. As reported right after the relatively unknown Ahmed Ahmed ousted Issa Hayatou as CAF President in Addis Abeba, Infantino played a major role in securing the victory for the Malagasy . This is a clear violation of FIFA regulations, which state that FIFA cannot influence elections held by its member confederations. In April, an article published by Der Spiegel claimed that this led to the FIFA Ethics Committee initiating preliminary investigations into the FIFA President’s actions. At the FIFA Congress in Bahrain two weeks ago, neither Cornel Borbély nor Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairmen of the Ethics Committees, got a renewal of their mandate for another four-year term, something they only learned from news sites upon landing in Bahrain. According to the German FA President and FIFA Council member Reinhard Grindel the move against the chairmen of Ethics Committee was the initiative of FIFA President Gianni Infantino: “I said in the meeting that we were satisfied with the work of both [Borbély and Eckert] and I asked because the Secretary General [Samoura] made a statement in the media that they will support both, so it is very much the decision of the president [Infantino]. And you will have to ask him why he made it. I want to clearly say that I would have wished that the process of formation of ...

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