Infantino opposed blocking Mutko — Former FIFA official

Vitaly Mutko
Vitaly Mutko Credit AFP
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13 September, 2017

On the day Miguel Maduro, FIFA's former governance guru and Portuguese government minister, part of whose job was to vet candidates for senior FIFA positions, blew the lid off the FIFA's commitment to reform, it emerged that a similar request for Borbely to testify in order to serve the public interest was firmly rejected by FIFA because of confidentiality rules.

In an outspoken appearance at parliament's culture, media and sport committee Maduro said that Infantino failed to firmly uphold the independent reforms against resistance from powerful figures inside Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Maduro said Infantino believes there is "no evidence" Mutko is involved in the Russian doping scandal. "He was very clear about that".

According to Maduro, Infantino said blocking Mutko would have a negative impact on the 2018 World Cup in Russia and he believed there was "no evidence" the former Russian sports minister had been involved in the state-sponsored doping programme revealed by a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation a year ago.

"The secretary general made it clear to me that it was extremely problematic, more than that". "She said that the World Cup would be a disaster and that as a effect the continued presidency [of Infantino] would be in question".

Infantino argued that they were misapplying Fifa's rules, Maduro told the committee, but said that he held firm and maintained that the decision was correct. In response, Maduro said he was simply implementing rules that had previously been ignored.

"I think that, ultimately, he chose to politically survive". Yet she herself faces accusations of breaching FIFA's ethics rules by not referring the matter to the ethics committee, perhaps for fear it might have given the green light for Borbely to provide uncomfortable evidence about what it was like working for Federation Internationale de Football Association before he was unceremoniously ditched.

But the session opened with a flawless example of what he said was "wrong with FIFA's governance".

Maduro, who was joined in being ousted by the independent chairmen of the organisation's ethics committee - which was also investigating Mutko - claimed he was sacked because "we really took seriously our role of the independent scrutiny". Samoura wrote to Collins warning that Borbely is prevented from appearing at the digital, culture, media and sport committee because he is still bound by the Federation Internationale de Football Association ethics code and Swiss civil and criminal law.

He also pointed out that Infantino should have passed on Collins' request to the independent ethics committee and not his right-hand woman.

Fifa, he argued, is incapable of abiding by its own new anti-corruption structures and needs "outside pressure" to reform.


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