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FIFA President denies link to "Panama Papers" scandal

FIFA President denies link to "Panama Papers" scandal


FIFA President Gianni Infantino has denied any wrongdoing in the Panama leaks suggesting he signed off a contract with two businessmen who have since been accused of bribery.

Reports say Hugo and Mariano Jinkis bought TV rights for Uefa Champions League matches and allegedly sold the rights for a price almost three times higher to Teleamazonas, a broadcaster in Ecuador.

Infantino said he is “dismayed” that his “integrity is being doubted.”

“As I previously stated, I never personally dealt with Cross Trading nor their owners as the tender process was conducted by Team Marketing on behalf of UEFA,” the statement read.

“I am dismayed and will not accept that my integrity is being doubted by certain areas of the media, especially given that UEFA has already disclosed in detail all facts regarding these contracts,” Infantino said in a FIFA statement.

“I would like to state for the record that neither UEFA nor I have ever been contacted by any authorities in relation to these particular contracts,” he added.

“Moreover, as media themselves report, there is no indication whatsoever for any wrongdoings from neither UEFA nor myself in this matter.”

The 2006 contract was signed off by Infantino when he was a Uefa director.

Both are among several dozen football officials indicted in the United States as part of a huge graft scandal which has swept the game and thrown FIFA into turmoil.

Uefa has denied any wrongdoing by any of its officials or any other marketing partner.