Fifa boss blames ‘toxic environment’ for match-fixing scandal

Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has blamed “toxic environments” for the FIFA corruption scandal and urged Fifa to step up its anti-corruption efforts in a letter sent to Fifa’s congress.

In the letter, Infantinos chief of staff Andrea De Sousa said the “toxicity” of the FIFA scandal was “a clear consequence of the political and financial machinations of the president, his family and his colleagues”.

“We need to stop the corruption and protect the integrity of our sport,” he wrote.

FIFA has been in crisis since the start of the year, after a massive corruption scandal involving the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

FIFA said it was “looking into the matter”.

The scandal prompted Fifa’s chief executive Sepp Blatter to step down in February, and a new Fifa ethics committee is investigating.

Blatter has said the organisation will stand by its president.

Fifa has admitted to paying bribes to Russian officials and has admitted its former president Sepp Breitsema accepted millions of dollars from the bribes.

Blazer has been the most senior Fifa official to be implicated in the scandal.

Blatant criticism FIFA has defended its anti‑corruption efforts.

It said in February it was working to “strengthen the integrity and accountability of the organisation, in particular to the president”.

It said it had suspended “dozens of individuals, many of whom are senior members of the executive committee”.

Fifa has been under pressure to step back from Blatter’s vision of a united, clean and transparent organisation.

He has also been accused of not taking decisive action on the corruption scandal in time.

FIFA president Blatter leaves a news conference in Zurich, Switzerland, January 6, 2021.

Photo: Johannes Stern/AFP/Getty Images Fifa has said it is “working to restore the confidence of the people of Fifa with a comprehensive, transparent and accountable governance process”.

“It is in the best interest of our game, our fans and our sport that we immediately initiate a thorough, independent, thorough and impartial investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by FIFA officials,” De Souda wrote in the letter.

FIFA’s congress has been held twice since last month, in May and again on Wednesday.

The congress has yet to approve any new anti-trust measures.

In June, Fifa President Gianni Branca said the country’s “corrupt and ineffective” anti-doping system was a “threat to the integrity” of FIFA.

“I think the anti-Doping Committee must come together and ensure that it is working to achieve this,” Branca told reporters.

“If it doesn’t, I think we have a problem.”

FIFA said the investigation was “ongoing and ongoing”.

The US Attorney’s office in Los Angeles has said its team will look into the allegations.

The attorney general’s office has also opened a criminal investigation.

“There are a lot of people that are saying there’s a lot that’s wrong with FIFA, and we need to look at it, we need a real investigation, and then we will have an answer,” former US Attorney General Eric Holder said on ABC’s This Week.

“We’ll have an explanation.

That’s all that’s going to happen.”

The US Department of Justice said it has opened a civil rights investigation into the case.

FIFA President Gianfranco Zola has said he has confidence in the US investigation, but added he did not want to prejudge it.