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Head of Fifa quits Europe and moves to Qatar and escapes Swiss investigation

By Tony Attwood

You will know if you are a regular reader that G. Infantino, the head of Fifa, is under investigation in Switzerland for colluding with the head of the Swiss legal system in a series of illicit, private and unrecorded meetings while he (Infantino) was under investigation.

Now the rest of Europe (but not England) are talking about Infantino again.  Because he has moved out of Switzerland and gone to Qatar.

Meanwhile, although possibly unconnected this has happened just as some drones sent from Houthi Yemen have exploded in the UAE.

The story is turning up in news media across the world – but not very much in Fifa-loving England for some reason.  Odd that.

As revealed by Blick, (the Swiss German language newspaper) “Infantino lives in Qatar,” which of course we know as the host country of the World Cup with a very dodgy human rights record.  Apparently he has even sent two of his daughters to school there. “Qatar, of course!” Bild says in its headline.   Other German media are expressing indignation and the notion that the move leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

As Untold has said, reflecting countless others, Qatar has been criticized for its non-existent human rights record. “Gianni Infantino’s move to the Emirate illustrates the closeness between Fifa and the Qatari state which is getting closer all the time,” says Blick.

“The criticism may not subside in the future,” says the magazine “Spiegel”. The portal “T-Online” describes the relationship of the FIFA President with Qatar as “curious”. “Welt” even calls the move “absurd”.

And you know there must be some weird going on when even Gary Linekar (yes that Gary Linekar) is talking about it, commenting negatively on the issue.

Gianni Infantino is, of course, a man who, when he can be bothered, can justify anything – such as hiring a private jet to fly him from Suriname in central America back to Switzerland, instead of waiting for a regular airline the next morning, for a meeting that did not exist.  His justification now is that with the World Cup starting in the heat of November this year, there is a lot to do in Qatar.

But although the English don’t really want to know too much, “L’Équipe” has made it a major story, adding that “FIFA assures us that its president still works in Zurich and pays his taxes in Switzerland.”

However whether he is still in touch with Swiss prosecutors who are certain that he has broken a string of laws in Switzerland by colluding with the head of the legal service over a case involving himself, we don’t know.  Quite possibly he sees himself as being above the law.  And indeed out of reach of the law while in Qatar – a country that we know has no regard for international law.

But of course there is another problem.  How would the Swiss feel about Fifa moving totally to Qatar?   We know that the FA won’t mind because they don’t mind about anything apart from trying to get the next bank loan and ensuring they are not blamed for the spread of the Uefa Variant after the chaos at Wembley.

So let’s see how this is likely to go…

At some stage, Infantino is going to be fully charged with corruption in Switzerland regarding the meetings with the state prosecutor that were off the record.

Around this time Infantino will get a Qatari diplomatic passport which means he can’t be arrested anywhere.   And then soon after that Fifa will move to Qatar.   Fifa is already running African football, having expelled all the previously elected officials, and so it will then take over the direct running of middle eastern football as well.

The rest of the world will be invited to tag along with this, and right at the front will be the English FA saying “yes” to anything as long as it gives them the cash to start paying off their debts.

Incidentally, I don’t think Interpol have any authority in Qatar.  In fact  rather think we’ve all been conned.

And what do the English media make of this?  The Telegraph has no mention of the story but leads with Exclusive: Everton to interview Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard for vacant manager’s job

The Guardian leads with  David Squires on … Benítez’s sacking and the Merseyside blues

The Daily Mail leads with  Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are ‘set to be interviewed by Everton’ for vacant manager’s role following Rafa Benitez’s sacking, with ex-England team-mates ‘on shortlist of four’

Glad to know it is business as usual.

 

4 comments to Head of Fifa quits Europe and moves to Qatar and escapes Swiss investigation

  • APANGU IDDI AMIN

    So what do we get from this story when African countries are marliced in world cup and every one is quirt. Now that the pinch has reached you, You want every one in world to know and re-act.Mhoo~~

  • Les Martin (LeMmy)

    If only European and yeh that includes this little island too left FIFA to have their world cup and who knows they could have all our Pgmo officials who always do what their paymasters require. Then it’s not beyond Qatar winning the next 5 world cups at the very least . They could do that old Real Madrid trick of changing all the good footballers and making them all Qatari’s.
    While this occurs expect an exodus of the owners of Man C and Toon taking their clubs with them lock stock and barrel to play in the Geordie Mansour city league for the rest of time.

  • Chris

    Off topic.
    With Chelase losing 2 points to Brighton, Arsenal are 9 points behind the Blues with 3 games in hand. get ready for Refereegeddon…
    let’s hope Arsenal can sign Haaland ;=)

  • goonersince72

    Tony

    The dishonest, corrupt proceedings of Infantino et al, UEFA, FIFA, (FA?) are still being covered here in the States. The US FBI was instrumental in uncovering bribery and other nefarious crimes in International football so the story still resonates. It’s hard to understand why the English media would not be all over the story unless they’re either naively thinking no one notices or they’re just paid off. Harsh, I know, but curious. In a way I understand the pact of silence among the media and the FA & PGMO. ‘Stewards of the game’ and all that. But an opportunity to criticise and denigrate Continentals? How do they pass up the chance? How? Pressure from within England. The FA. All of the acronym orgs. need to be dismantled and rethought. Not enough attention was paid when the World Cup became the FIFA World Cup. But it spoke volumes. So did their bank balance, over THREE BILLION!