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FIFA applied pressure against Vitaly Mutko council ban - ex-official

FIFA applied pressure against Vitaly Mutko council ban - ex-official
From ESPN - September 13, 2017

Former FIFA official Miguel Maduro has said he banned Vitaly Mutko from football's ruling council in March after resisting strong pressure from the FIFA leadership.

Maduro -- who chaired the governance committee of world football's governing body before being removed from the post in May -- prevented Mutko, a Russian deputy prime minister who is head of the 2018 World Cup organising committee, from seeking re-election to the council on grounds of political interference.

He told a committee of British MPs that the FIFA leadership had warned him the World Cup in Russia would be a "disaster" and Gianni Infantino's FIFA presidency could in jeopardy if Mutko was banned.

"With the exception of that case in general, the president did not try to influence our decisions," Maduro told the sports committee at the House of Commons.

"He would transmit to me sometimes those decisions were not well accepted, but in that case there was an attempt to influence that decision.

"He [Infantino] expressed concerns about the impact of the decision [to ban Mutko] on the World Cup. He was very clear about that."

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