Borbely and Eckert to join Maduro at Council of Europe grilling of FIFA governance

By Andrew Warshaw

September 12 – As Miguel Maduro, axed as head of FIFA’s governance committee last May during a purge of senior ethics watchdogs, prepares for his appearance before a British parliamentary committee later today, it has come to light that both of FIFA’s former ethics chiefs are also set to go public to discuss their time at the organisation and the controversial circumstances of their removal.

Maduro is scheduled to follow up today’s appearance before members of Britain’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee with another discussion on governance on Friday next week in Paris when he will address Council of Europe officials.

The session promises to ask serious and potentially highly compromising questions about FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s regime and the apparent lack of reform with Maduro to be joined, according to the agenda, by former heads of FIFA’s ethics investigatory and adjudication bodies, Cornel Borbely (pictured far right) and Hans-Joachim Eckert (far left).

Maduro, a Portuguese lawyer and former government minister, part of whose job was to vet candidates for senior FIFA positions, was removed after less than a year in the role, along with Borbely and Eckert whose joint work brought down a raft of corrupt officials.

The pair have been keeping their counsel since being controversially axed but at the time of his removal Borbely said the reform process had become “weakened and incapacitated” and that the removal of himself and Eckert meant FIFA’s code of ethics was “a dead letter.”

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