Worse, the Guardian is reporting that, “Dvorak had started to examine the allegations contained in Professor Richard McLaren’s landmark report for the World Anti-Doping Agency in July 2016, which first exposed the vast Russian doping of athletes and systematic cover-ups at the Moscow laboratory. That report included evidence that 11 footballers were among the athletes doping and alleged Russia’s programme was orchestrated before the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi under the supervision of the ministry of sport itself. The minister then was Vitaly Mutko, now a Russian deputy prime minister, who remains the president of the Russian football association and chair of the organising committee for next year’s Fifa World Cup in Russia.”

As I am sure you will know the Olympics committee has banned Russia from the Winter Olympics, but Fifa has taken no action against Mutko or Russia.  Meanwhile the Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbély, had begun to examine Mutko’s role in the scandal when Borbély’s work was scrapped following a call to close it down by Infantino.

In a report that has received hardly any coverage in the UK media, called “Good football governance” written by Anne Brasseur, for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, there is the headline:

TOO LITTLE MONEY HARMS FOOTBALL, TOO MUCH IS KILLING IT
WE NEED TO PREVENT FOOTBALL FROM SELF-DESTRUCTING

Within that report is the comment, “The high number of persons dismissed after the election of Mr Infantino can possibly be explained, at least partially, by the will to remove staff who had been too close to the previous leadership … and maybe also by a certain will of renewal. However, the way in which these changes took place appears somewhat ‘brutal’, as I have heard some of the people define the process.”

It is also noted that none of the people who have been ousted, have undertaken handovers to their successors so as to ensure that vital research is not interrupted or delayed.

This comes on top of a report that says that Fifa’s ethics investigator (María Claudia Rojas) who was brought into the job by Infantino personally does not have skills for job.    The Council of Europe report says that the new investigator from Columbia does not have the necessary experience of conducting criminal or financial investigations to do the job.  And remember this is Fifa so there are a lot of criminal and financial investigations to work on.

The report adds, “her lack of knowledge of English and French is a major obstacle, as almost all documents are in one of these two languages. This is not merely a factor that risks slowing her down in her examination of case files … but it also means – and this is much more problematic – that she is more dependent on the secretariat that assists her and that it is objectively difficult for her to enter into confidential contacts with witnesses or experts.”

And yet, England, and all the other nations, carry on competing and buying TV rights, as if everything is fine.

A bit odd, if you ask me (although by and large nobody does).

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