Sunday 23 October 2016

Infantino dismayed as UEFA offices raided

Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the Panama Papers link which prompted police to raid UEFA headquarters has strengthened his resolve to restore football's rotten reputation.

Infantino on Tuesday night said he was "dismayed" and "will not accept" that his integrity is being doubted after documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca included a television rights contract bearing his signature.

The 46-year-old Swiss-Italian, in his former role as UEFA director of legal services, co-signed a television rights contract in 2006 with two businessmen who have since been caught up in football's corruption scandal.

The revelation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which is analysing 11million leaked files dubbed the Panama Papers, prompted the raid on UEFA's Nyon HQ yesterday.

Infantino and UEFA deny wrongdoing and pledged to cooperate fully with the investigation.

"If my determination to restore football's reputation was already very strong, it is now even stronger," Infantino said in a statement.

"I welcome any investigation conducted into this matter. It is in my interest and in the interest of football that everything should come to light."

UEFA said in a statement: "UEFA can confirm that today we received a visit from the office of the Swiss Federal Police acting under a warrant and requesting sight of the contracts between UEFA and Cross Trading/Teleamazonas.

"Naturally, UEFA is providing the Federal Police with all relevant documents in our possession and will cooperate fully."

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