The Swiss federal police searched, on Wednesday April 6th, the headquarters of the Union of the European associations of football (UEFA) in Nyon, Switzerland. The association is accused of obtaining contracts on allocation of the right to broadcasting in Ecuador to the company Cross trading, quoted on Tuesday in the scandal “Panama papers”. UEFA indicated “Naturally, UEFA is providing the Federal Police with all relevant documents in our possession and will cooperate fully.”
One day before, the German daily paper Süddeutsche Zeitung announced that the new president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, was quoted in the scandal Panama Papers. Apparently, he has signed in 2006 and 2007 commercial contracts, in the name of UEFA, with an offshore company detained by Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, two Argentine businessmen pursued by the American justice. This market concerns the allocation of TV rights of the Champions’ League. Cross Trading, the offshore company, bought these rights for 111,000 dollars and resold them on the Ecuadorian television Teleamazonas for 311,000 dollars.
Gianni Infantino said that he will not accept that his integrity is questioned by certain media.
The Swiss manager had answered the revelations of Panama Papers by insisting that he had never dealt directly with Cross Trading, or with it’s owners: the process of call for offers was managed by the marketing team of UEFA.
Source : LeParisien.fr
Daphné Rihouet, IEJ1 bis