March 1 – German football supremos Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Reinhard Grindel have given a firm thumbs down to Gianni Infantino’s first year as FIFA president.
Rummenigge, head of the European Club Association and Bayern Munich’s chief executive, fiercely disagree with FIFA’s decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and told Kicker magazine that Infantino had not fulfilled promises in the fields of transparency, democracy and governance.
“So far this has not succeeded in my eyes,” wrote Rummenigge.
German FA (DFB) boss Grindel, likely to be elected next month as one of Europe’s new FIFA Council members, says any tinkering with the make-up of FIFA’s ethics committee at the FIFA Congress in May could spell disaster.
Any dismissals as a result of the controversial “hire and fire” motion passed last year in Mexico would, said Grindel, be a “fatal signal” for Infantino’s further presidency.
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