Barely five months at the helm of world’s football governing body, Gianni Infantino’s leadership style is being questioned.
The FIFA president has come under criticism from insiders at the body. In an 11 page memo dated May 23 and published online by a Swiss weekly newspaper, the unidentified author of the memo also questioned Infantino’s lifestyle.
It is my duty to report cases of breaches and regulations
The memo which was sent to Sindiswe Mabaso-Koyana, the acting chairperson of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, details the use of private jets which were paid for by Russia and Qatar, at an estimated cost of between $115,000 to $150,000.
“ It is my duty to report cases of breaches and regulations,” the memo said.
It further notes that FIFA has made two company cars and a driver available to Infantino. The second car which is used mainly by Infantino’s family consumed about $20,000 in March and almost $14,000 in April.
However, the AFP reports that a FIFA spokes person said there was “nothing new” in the memo. A restructuring process is ongoing, adding that it is “ normal that some people are not happy.”
The 46 year old became president of the scandal plagued body in February, vowing to usher a new era of transparency and honesty into world football.
His predecessor Sepp Blatter is currently serving a six year suspension over a $ 2 million payment to former FIFA vice president Michel Platini.