FIFA Council: The worst supervisory board in the world

Gianni Infantino

It may surprise you, but Gianni Infantino is supposed to be a kind of Chairman Plus. The Senegalese Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, on the other hand, is responsible for the operative business according to the statutes, and according to the statutes she is “CEO of FIFA”. But new football leaks documents evaluated by “Der Spiegel” paint a completely different picture. Infantino therefore acts like an “absolute ruler” and interferes in details himself. For example, he had revised the Code of Ethics “with his own hand” and thus “defused several points”.

On Blatter’s trail: Who will stop Infantino?

After reading it, it’s finally clear to us: Infantino, who after the aegis Sepp Blatter had raised hopes for a new beginning, has led FIFA from the frying pan into the fire. But who could stop him? Formally speaking, the FIFA Congress, i.e. the representatives of the 211 member associations who elect the president – the next time in June. Whether they will overthrow Gianni Infantino, however, is uncertain – after all, he is a gifted stripper who shows himself to be financially generous. This makes it all the more important that the 37-member FIFA Council becomes a corrective. Here Infantino acts as chairman, but has only one vote.

FIFA needs professional supervisory boards

The catch is that the monitoring body is dominated by football officials, many of whom primarily pursue the interests of their own associations. Professional and independent supervisory boards, on the other hand, are lacking. And beyond that, the sheer size makes it almost impossible to discuss intensively and purposefully. We therefore fear that as long as the FIFA Council, to which DFB CEO Reinhard Grindel also belongs, does not become a real supervisory board, all melodious governance and ethical reforms will remain a waste of time.