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  • FIFA chief warns against re-starting football too early

    first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has warned against re-starting football competitions too early amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Infantino told FIFA’s 211 member associations on Friday that such behaviour would be irresponsible. It would be recalled that soccer matches around the world has come to a standstill with domestic leagues on hold and major tournaments such as Euro 2020 and the Copa America postponed for one year as a result of Coronavirus pandemic. “Our first priority, our principle, the one we will use for our competitions and encourage everyone to follow is that health comes first. I cannot stress this enough. No match, no competition, no league is worth risking a single human life. Everyone in the world should have this very clear in their mind,” Infantino said in a statement. Meanwhile, discussions are being held around the world over when and how to re-start the season while some countries have disagreements over whether players should face pay cuts. “It would be more than irresponsible to force competitions to resume if things are not 100 per cent safe. If we have to wait a little longer we must do so. It’s better to wait a little bit longer than to take any risks,” FIFA president said. Infantino reiterated that FIFA was assessing the financial impact of the stoppage so it could prepare the right response. He said: “You have to know that we will be there and we will find solutions together. “You will never be alone… (and) the world will know where the money goes and, equally important, why the money goes there. “If football manages to have a discussion where everyone contributes positively, and keeps in mind the global interest over the individual one, I am convinced our future can be better than our past, and we will be better prepared for the times ahead.”Tags: Copa AmericaCoronavirusCOVID-19FIFAgianni infantinolast_img read more

  • Infantino accused of interference by ousted expert

    first_imgLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – A governance expert fired by FIFA yesterday accused the leadership of world football’s governing body of interfering with his work, ignoring rules, and removing him in order to stay in power.Speaking to Members of Parliament (MPs) on Britain’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Miguel Maduro gave a devastating indictment of FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s commitment to reform and said only “external pressure” would force the organisation to change.Appointed as chairman of FIFA’s Governance committee in May 2016, the Portuguese academic was replaced, without warning, 11 months later after falling out with Infantino over several “sensitive” decisions.Foremost among those was Maduro’s refusal to allow Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko to stand for a seat on FIFA’s council because it was a clear breach of the rules against governmental interference in football.Maduro told the MPs when he raised objections to Mutko’s candidacy, Infantino made his opposition “very clear”.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 last year.Maduro was blocking Mutko for the reason that having a Deputy Prime Minister on the council undermined FIFA’s actions against some associations for political interference.Maduro described Infantino as a man who he believes started with the intention of tackling an “embedded culture” that is “extremely resistant to independent scrutiny” but who has chosen “to survive politically”.Infantino replaced the disgraced Sepp Blatter as FIFA boss in 2016, vowing to lead the scandal-tainted body into a new era.Former Portuguese minister for regional development Maduro said the “systemic culture” comes “from the ground up” and there are associations and confederations that do not understand what good governance looks like or why it is even desirable.“FIFA is a system of rules without the rule of law,” he explained.Maduro said he was more than happy to take advantage of parliamentary privilege, which provides protection from legal action in British courts, to speak freely about FIFA, as there was an obvious “public interest” defence.last_img read more

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