Gianni Infantino blasts ‘fake news’ and ‘FIFA bashing’
11th May 2017
Gianni Infantino, the president of football’s governing body, FIFA, has criticised the media for spreading “fake news” about his attempts to rebuild the organisation in the wake of its high-profile corruption scandals.
Infantino, who took over from Sepp Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban for ethics breaches, said that “FIFA bashing” had become a “national sport in some countries”.
FIFA has faced criticism this week for its decision not to reappoint ethics committee chairmen Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely.
The pair called the move “politically motivated” and said it signalled the end of the reform process.
The ethics committee were looking into numerous cases of alleged wrongdoing before chief investigator Eckert and ethics adjudicator Borbely were ousted.
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