Monday , October 3 2022

Fifa: The Infantino Agreement as a Political Weapon – Sports


  • The agreement of the president of Fifa Infantino is not only commercial, but also the organization of football for political interests.
  • There is a lot of evidence that Infantino can use for its own purposes the goals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – against Qatar.

of Claudio Catuogno and Thomas Kistner

If you want to see a match FC Bayern in the Champions League at home, it only works if you pay for it on Sky TV Pay TV and Dazn Streaming service. And Friday's Bundesliga match is now being paid by Eurosport. These are just the latest indications of how stable the commercialization has football under control: Whether TV, Internet or commodity articles, the fan is more than ever in the wallet.

Brazilian Neymar goes from Barcelona to Paris for 222 million euros. The sets that are moving today were unthinkable yesterday: donors from the Gulf region make it possible. Just as the media have mirror he found in the "Football Leaks" how even the few rules of the industry are bent to make the rich even richer.

Now comes this news: FIFA President Gianni Infantino plans to sell the core activities of the World Football Association to investment firms. It sounds like the next inevitable step for compressing even more money from football.

That the plans are now Saudi on board, shows political goals

Only: Why is this deception, stubborn, hiding and looking in front of all the other employees? Because the deal, which is being pursued by Fifa's boss with mostly Arab and Asian business partners, has nothing to do with commercialization. It is also the organization of the world's largest entertainment medium, with which it can become politicians around the world. Remember President Vladimir Putin and the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

The fact that intense projects are now Saudis on board shows the political goals for which Infantino can be used. More recently, he was a permanent visitor to Riyadh. It is quite interesting without taking serious action against the local pirate channel BeoutQ, which just pirate and broadcast the football broadcasts for the championship, the World Cup and the international races bought by the Broadcasting Corporation of Katar BeIn.

Infantino has to go

The Fifa sale case must lead to the end of the presidency of Gianni Infantino. Nothing is more important for football.

Comment by Thomas Kistner

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If the Saudis became major players in the Phoebe world, they could, along with the Arab Emirates (UAE), also associated with the Softbank joint venture, put pressure on their enemy in the Gulf: Qatar, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi boycott Doha. This is not just the assertion that Qatar supports terrorists was tweeted by the head of the UAE Daih Khalfan Information Service: "If the World Cup leaves Qatar, the crisis will end (…) this".

Cold-blood self-center of a controversial superior

And Infantino – is the man who is just so naive to recognize the motive for such an agreement? Not just the secret business policy that runs – though it is not at all a business president. But all that is known about the FIFA boss: The cold-blooded egocentric with which he seeks his interests in the post, his imminent re-election in 2019, which is uncertain. And last, but equally important, its role in the planned empire of rights. The question comes: is a controversial senior employee working on a silent exit strategy?

Here the political interests, there personally: both show a new threat to football. Beyond the old greed for jobs, they still suck more dollars out of the game.

The billions of intrigue

$ 25 billion for FIFA! But what do the financiers want for it? As the head of Gianni Infantino secretly prepared the final sale of world football.

From Claudio Catuogno and Thomas Kistner

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