German Football Federation president blasts Infantino over lack of transparency

Vastavam web: German Football Federation president Reinhard Grindel has launched a withering attack on FIFA president Gianni Infantino over a lack of transparency on proposals for new competitions in an interview with Sportbuzzer.de published on Wednesday. “With this lack of transparency on these questions he is reinforcing the prejudices against FIFA,” said Grindel. “It is why I am insisting with my UEFA colleagues in the FIFA Council on the creation of a task force where all the information can be laid out on the table and we can determine with honesty if we need other competitions and if so what format they should take.”

The vague proposal to sell FIFA rights for 25 billion over 12 years to finance the club tournament also concerns Grindel. “I would be satisfied if FIFA launched an open process of discussion and if the principals concerned, that is the clubs, the leagues and the federations were involved in the discussions,” he said. Grindel’s concerns echo those made by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin at the start of December.