On his 46th birthday, Gianni Infantino made his first visit as FIFA President to a Member Association.
His debut destination was South Sudan, FIFA’s newest Member Association.
After meeting the Head of State, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, he inaugurated the new South Sudan FA headquarters with the President of country’s FA Chabour Goc.
The inauguration was particularly poignant as the building was constructed thanks to the FIFA Goal Programme.
Later in the day, the FIFA President attended the CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between South Sudan and Benin, which the visitors won 2-1.
Following his time in South Sudan, President Infantino will continue his three-day trip to Africa with visits to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Gabon.
Meanwhile, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, last week, opened formal proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2006 FIFA World Cup to Germany.
After examining the Freshfields report commissioned by the German Football Association (DFB), the chamber decided to open the proceedings against the following individuals in the context of the 2006 FIFA World Cup host selection and its associated funding:
– Wolfgang Niersbach, former president of the DFB, vice-president of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) and current member of the FIFA and UEFA Executive Committees
– Helmut Sandrock, former secretary general of the DFB and tournament director of the LOC
– Franz Beckenbauer, former vice-president of the DFB, president of the LOC and former member of the FIFA Executive Committee
– Theo Zwanziger, former president of the DFB, vice-president of the LOC and former member of the FIFA and UEFA Executive Committees
– Horst R. Schmidt, former secretary general of the DFB and vice-president of the LOC
– Stefan Hans, former chief financial officer of the DFB and chief financial officer of the LOC
The chairman of the investigatory chamber, Dr Cornel Borbély, will lead the investigation proceedings as the chief of the investigation.
He will examine all relevant evidence and hand over the case reports at the appropriate time, along with recommendations, to the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee.