NEW FIFA president Gianni Infantino reportedly signed off on a contract with two businessmen who have since been accused of bribery, leaked documents reveal.
Hugo and Mariano Jinkis bought TV rights for Uefa Champions League football and immediately sold them on for almost three times the price, reports theBBC.
According to records, Uefa concluded offshore deals with one of the indicted figures at the heart of an alleged “World Cup of fraud” despite previously insisting it had no dealings with any of them.
The emergence of the contracts from 2003 and 2006, which were co-signed by Infantino, link Uefa for the first time to one of the companies involved in the huge unfolding scandal that has brought down former Fifa president Sepp Blatter
The disclosures are based on the leak of 11m documents from the files of the offshore financial law firm Mossack Fonseca.
Uefa initially denied doing business with any of the 14 people who have been indicted by the FBI in its investigation into corruption in world football.
It has now told the BBC the TV rights were sold to the highest bidder in an open and competitive tender process.
A senior FIFA source has told the BBC the deal should be examined by the governing body’s ethics committee in the interests of transparency.
It comes as the prime minister of Iceland submitted his resignation on Tuesday, according to his deputy, succumbing to political pressure after the leak of documents from a secretive Panamanian law firm about offshore shell companies and tax shelters.