Swiss police raid UEFA headquarters

Nyon (Switzerland), April 6 (IANS) The Swiss police raided the headquarters of European football’s governing body UEFA on Wednesday in the wake of FIFA president Gianni Infantino denying any wrongdoing after leaked documents suggested he signed off on a contract with two businessmen who have since been accused of bribery.

Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, as owners of Cross Trading, bought TV rights for Champions League football and immediately sold them on for almost three times the price.

The 2006 contract was signed off by Infantino when he was a UEFA director. According to leaked documents, it sold them to Ecuadorian TV broadcaster Teleamazonas for $311,170.

Infantino has said he is “dismayed” that his “integrity is being doubted”.

“UEFA can confirm that today we received a visit from the office of the Swiss Federal Police acting under a warrant and requesting sight of the contracts between UEFA and Cross Trading/Teleamazonas,’ UEFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Naturally, UEFA is providing the Federal Police with all relevant documents in our possession and will cooperate fully.”

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