Hi, I'm calling from FIFA. We've got the questions to Infantino. Before we answer, I would like to give a little information.
the Person, who the caller wishes to speak only to the background. And he will be anonymous.
But he sits close to the FIFA president. The hides he did not, but we are a little surprised that he's calling in this way. We have not before seen that high-ranking FIFA-people calling, of its own motion. Before we have written a single line.
In connection with the Extra Magazine's series on Gianni Infantinos four years as FIFA president, which has been running in the past week, we sent him several weeks ago 12 questions by e-mail through one of his pressechefer.
the FIFA president got questions:
on his time as UEFA's general secretary, where PSG fortunate got to be thrown out of the Champions League.
about the relationship to Michel Platini, accusing the FIFA president to stand behind a coup to get to the dish.
about his secret meetings with the swiss prosecutor general, who is at risk of impeachment.
on its consumption of private jets.
on his wanton compared to Donald Trump,
and about the massive corruption in african football. And much more.
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Donald Trump and Infantino have been the finest friends. Photo: Man Ngan/Ritzau Scanpix
We were well aware that several of the questions would put the sprinkler system in the walk at the presidential office, and it was probably the real reason for the call from his close associate.
the Conversation took 58 minutes. Would he scare us? No, not really. He would check out who we were? Nay, he had evidently done himself in advance. But what would he then? Yes, he would soft up a bit on our questions and try to lead us in a different direction on a variety of topics. But he also came with details on the other areas that we could use. However, without that we could quote him.
Extra Leaf was the day after the answers for Infantino via e-mail, but as usual only in a few cases, a direct response to what we asked about, and, as usual, with the message that we were to tell you that the answers came from a spokesperson in FIFA. Not from the FIFA president himself.
This is how it works in FIFA and other international sports federations. It is a special technique, which is to cover the critical issues in a fog, and to get journalists to withhold information that they receive from confidential sources.
It is a speget games. But the reaction from FIFA and the Infantino support the theory that he is a pressed man. Since the WORLD cup in Russia in 2018, he has lacked wins and a good story. Internally in FIFA, there are divisions.
the UEFA, which is the clearly the strongest confederation, has rottet together with The South american Football federation, Conmebol. UEFA and Conmebol are pretty much against everything Infantino presents. It undermines the degree that his power base. UEFA and Conmebol can survive without FIFA. The reverse is hardly possible.
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UEFA's president, Aleksander Ceferin, tv, is in clear opposition to Infantino. the stingrays at the FIFA president's power base. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein//Ritzau Scanpix
And in Switzerland, where FIFA is based, are running it is also not too good. Here are Infantino entangled in potential legal proceedings, and the local politicians are about to be tired of FIFA's close connection to the prosecutor.
FIFA and Infantino is in a defensive position. Our guard is up.
Clear reply on the simple questions you get, therefore, only rarely. The only way to get useful information is to obtain access to documents, e-mails and SMS messages, as FIFA-the governors will not admit.
the Material is out there. With several former employees of FIFA. But only very few of them want to stand up.
– I will not stand, for I trust no longer, that the press can contribute to the bandits in FIFA fall, tells a source to us.
– I'm afraid to be sued by FIFA, if my name comes up, says another.
– I'm afraid of losing my current job, says a third.
most people who have something to tell, say what they know, but asking not to be quoted. And sometimes, they give us evidence that confirms it, they tell.
Much of what you have read in Ekstra Bladet the past week is a result of information from sources, such as fear FIFA.
Several of them have seen the value of the Extra Leaf runs in this area, and they have therefore come up with more information during the process.
we will share with readers later in the summer.
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