By Tony Attwood
Gianni Infantino has moved from being the General Secretary of Uefa, a position he has held since October 2009, to being President of the most corrupt sports organisation that the world has ever seen: Fifa.
He was associated with Financial Fair Play, and has seen the expansion of Euro 2016 to 24 teams and the notion of Euro 2020 as a competition played in 13 countries. He is a member of Fifa’s Reform Committee. He was also appointed Director of Uefa’s Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division in January 2004.
He is known for working on closer contacts with the European Union, and the Council of Europe.
He has also supported the Fifa and Uefa notion that these bodies are bigger than and more important than nation states. During the attempts by the Greek government to clean up Greek football he supported the Hellenic Football Federation and warned Greece that it would be suspended from international football for government interference.
In his build up to the election he stated that he wanted to expand the World Cup to 40 teams which is an unmitigated disaster for the clubs who will have their players damaged as a result of overplaying.
He spent £400,000 of Uefa money on his personal campaign to be President of Fifa. Will change be forthcoming? Don’t put your house on it.
Also announced this afternoon….
Arsenal have announced a loss of £3.4m for the six months to November 30 2015, compared with a profit of over £6m in the same period in the previous year. Improved player contracts, transfer of Cech and no major sales of players. £159m in the bank, but a lot of outgoing money on stage payments will use up some of that, plus the continuing final payments on the stadium.