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Gianni Infantino opposed blocking Vitaly Mutko, says former Federation Internationale de Football Association official Miguel Maduro

Gianni Infantino opposed blocking Vitaly Mutko, says former Federation Internationale de Football Association official Miguel Maduroā€¯

The hearing at the British parliament began with committee chairman Damian Collins disclosing correspondence from Federation Internationale de Football Association blocking ousted investigator Cornel Borbely from taking questions from legislators.

The global soccer body has been trying to overhaul its operations in the wake of the worst crisis in its history, sparked in 2015 by the indictment in the United States of several dozen soccer officials on corruption-related charges.

"With the exception of that case in general, the president did not try to influence our decisions", Maduro told the sports committee at the House of Commons. But travel problems meant Maduro will answer questions from legislators on the culture, media and sport committee on Wednesday morning.

His responsibilities had included conducting eligibility checks on candidates for places on Federation Internationale de Football Association committees.

That decision was taken by Miguel Maduro, who chaired the Federation Internationale de Football Association governance committee until May, when he was removed after less than a year.

"I think that, ultimately, he chose to politically survive".

Committee chairman Damian Collins MP said: "People can draw their own conclusions as to why Federation Internationale de Football Association would seek to restrict someone from freely giving evidence to a national parliament when there is clear public interest in the subject matter".

Maduro told British legislators "there was an attempt to influence that decision" on Mutko by Infantino, the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Infantino was elected in February 2016 to rebuild Federation Internationale de Football Association after it became embroiled in the corruption scandal.



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