There are doubts about the integrity of FIFA president Gianni Infantino because he is in 2012, then as secretary-general of the UEFA, there reportedly agree went to football club Fenerbahçe a mild punishment in the corruption scandal in Turkish football.
The allegations come from the platform Follow the Money, that in the investigation cooperated with the newspapers The Guardian and Le Monde.
Follow the Money says about the exchange of letters from January 2012 to include showing that Infantino at the request of the Turkish football federation to agree to a penalty for Fenerbahçe which is much lighter than the regulatory prescribed. In his answer he described the proposal of the Turks to the sanctions easing, as ‘reasonable, in proportion and appropriately”.
So it was Fenerbahçe in their own country almost with impunity away with match fixing. The club was not restored to a lower division and should the title, achieved in the 2010-2011 season, even keep. Within the Turkish football consisted of, among other things, the fear that the tv revenue would drop if Fenerbahçe is no longer in the highest class plays.
In the scandal of the time did the police a lot of raids, were subjects arrested and the corruption also criminal proven. In a reconstruction report Follow the Money that six top officials of Fenerbahçe were arrested.
The UEFA did not doubt that the club ‘for a long time has been dealing with very serious and far-reaching matchfixing activities.
In a response to The Guardian shows a spokesman for Michel Platini, at that time president of the UEFA, to know that he was not aware of the correspondence because Infantino ‘was responsible for all legal and disciplinary matters’.
Infantino himself gives in a communication no answer as to why he agreed with milder penalties. He points out, however, that Fenerbahçe for two seasons was ruled out of the European competitions. ‘At the time of the facts was UEFA on the first row to match-fixing to eradicate with ground-breaking measures,” reads the. ‘Across Europe there is a close cooperation with the police and justice established. Finally, there are severe disciplinary measures are taken. These are the facts and they are clear’.
Trabzonspor, that in 2010-2011, finished second on the basis of less won the match and a worse goal difference, has still not resigned to the fact that Fenerbahçe the title is not taken away.
A lawyer for the club says to The Guardian: ‘We are fighting the decision of the Turkish football federation’s own rules not to apply, and require that the title still of Fenerbahçe to Trabzonspor. We also can not explain nor justify the fact that Infantino and UEFA the matter in this way afhandelden.’
Infantino was in February 2016, was elected FIFA president. He followed the Kameroener Issa Hayatou , who in turn ad interim was appointed after the fall of Sepp Blatter.