Honestly… I am not surprised that Fifa is tied into another big-money scandal after the Panama Papers were released. I only wonder, when will the lies, deception and corruption in FIFA finally going to end? I respect everything that FIFA has done to promote the sport on a global scale, however can it be done in an ethical manner? Time and time again, greedy executives wrongfully abuse their power and influence to stuff their pockets, but for a split second, one must ask himself, what is the expense you pay? You can’t just accept large-sum bribes and expect the paper trail to disappear or even cover up your involvement. If you’re willing to take the chance of getting caught and having your actions exposed, then own up to it. Which brings me to my next point, I find pleasure seeing guys like Gianni Infantino, former UEFA secretary general, who replaced the disgraced Sepp Blatter (former FIFA President) in February, become the media scapegoat for the whole organization and labeled a “corporate pig”. The best part is, he refuses to admit to any wrong doing and I genuinely want see the media beat him to submission until he does. Good-day.
What I found most interesting from this article:
“Files seen by the Guardian will raise questions about the role Fifa’s president,Gianni Infantino, played in deals that were concluded when he was director of legal services at Uefa, European football’s governing body.”
“The files show that in 2006, when he worked at Uefa, the organization sold the rights for broadcasting its club competitions in South America.”
“The rights to the Champions League, the Uefa Cup and the Super Cup were acquired by an Argentinian company called Cross Trading. Cross Trading immediately sold on to broadcaster Teleamazonas for about three or four times the amount paid for them. The contracts covered the period from 2003 to 2006 and from 2006 to 2009.”
“Cross Trading is a subsidiary of a company called Full Play, which is owned by Hugo Jinkis. Jinkis was alleged by US prosecutors to have handed over millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to football executives to obtain and retain media and marketing rights.”
“It is unclear why Teleamazon as paid so much for the rights, but one possibility is that Cross Trading simply made a huge profit on the deal. Local sources also confirmed that a similar agreement was in place three years earlier, when Teleamazonas bought a similar package from Cross Trading for a fee believed to be about $400,000.”