Gianni Infantino attempted to interfere with an independent decision to bar Russia’s deputy prime minister from the Fifa council because he feared for his own survival as the president of world football, the ousted chair of the organisation’s governance committee has claimed.
Miguel Maduro, sacked as Fifa’s governance committee chair in May after only eight months, said that Fatma Samoura, Fifa’s secretary-general, had argued with him that barring Vitaly Mutko from the council could jeopardise next year’s World Cup in Russia and Infantino’s own presidency.
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 Fifa. “He chose to politically survive,” Maduro said. “I think he made the wrong choice.”
Fifa, he argued, is incapable of abiding by its own new anti-corruption structures and needs “outside pressure” to…