04/26 11:51 CDT Infantino has 'full confidence' in Samoura amid ethics issue
Infantino has 'full confidence' in Samoura amid ethics issue
ZURICH (AP) --- FIFA says President Gianni Infantino retains "full confidence"
in secretary general Fatma Samoura after an attempt to embroil her in an ethics
Samoura has expressed irritation at "totally ridiculous and baseless" claims
she broke FIFA rules by not declaring an alleged conflict of interest in the
2026 World Cup bidding contest.
FIFA has not specified the exact nature of the complaint or the progress of any
ethics investigation after it was alleged she was a relative of former Senegal
player El Hadji Diouf, who is an ambassador for Morocco's bid.
Samoura insisted on Wednesday the former Liverpool forward "is not a member of
my family and therefore everything is crystal clear."
FIFA's top administrator received a public show of support from Infantino on
Football's governing body told The Associated Press: "The FIFA president
retains full confidence in Fatma Samoura."
The former United Nations official was hired by Infantino in 2016 months after
he was elected as Sepp Blatter's successor.
Morocco is due to take on a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico
in the June 13 vote for the 2026 World Cup host.