New FIFA crisis: It denies reports of Infantino's suspension

  • Reuters, Thursday, June 2, 2016 8:15 PM
Less than four months into the job, new FIFA president Gianni Infantino is under fire.

FIFA's ethics committee was forced to issue a statement that there are no formal proceedings against Infantino after German newspaper Die Welt reported that he was facing a provisional ban for unethical conduct, specifically suggesting Infantino had ordered FIFA staff members to delete recordings of a meeting of the FIFA Council at which the ouster of the head of the audit and compliance committee, Domenico Scala, was discussed.

FIFA said that in the email in question, Infantino ordered a copy of the recording used to record the minutes of the meeting had been deleted because it was stored improperly, not original audio file that still existed and was properly archived.

Excerpts from the tape, including comments by American Sunil Gulati, were published by the German paper FAZ. The U.S. Soccer president said he had unsuccessful negotiated Scala's resignation but then said FIFA could not fire Scala, who championed FIFA's reforms, without cause.

The tapes confirm that Infantino was upset with the salary offer made by Scala.

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