Sonntag, 19. Februar 2017

FIFA under scrutiny from anti-corruption body within Council of Europe

The Council of Europe has launched an investigation into major sports organisations, including the Swiss-based football world governing body, FIFA. Anne Brasseur, former president of the parliamentary assembly of the Council, told Swiss public television SRF that her working group would examine if FIFA adhered to the good governance rules. She is likely to meet top officials of FIFA within the next several months. Brasseur criticised the slow reform process, saying the new FIFA management under Gianni Infantino has made little effort to overhaul the scandal-ridden football body. She said the FIFA ethics committee had been virtually deprived of its power and whistleblowers risked losing their jobs. “This does not help to rebuild credibility,” she said. She also accused Infantino of authoritarian behaviour in a dispute with the ethics committee over high salary and bonus payments. The move prompted the former head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee to resign ...

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