FIFA PRESIDENT GOES HARD ON CAF:
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has once again affirmed that the Confederation of African Football Caf must change its way of doing business, and take on the basic elements of good governance.”
H said There needs for proper competition infrastructure because it is fair to say that the competitions in Africa are 30-to-40 times less successful than in Europe.”
“I was always told the Africa Cup of Nations is played every two years because it ensured the building of new infrastructure plus it generated revenues. But when you look at the last decades, I don’t see a proliferation of top class African stadiums and in terms of revenue we are miles away. If it is played every four years it makes it more exclusive, it presents a better profile.”
With the profile of CAF president Ahmad Ahmad seriously damaged following a string of misdemeanours, Infantino said FIFA would keeping a close eye on corruption in African football, by doing the right things. First There is hope in Africa and we will pay the arbitrators to avoid corruption. It is not meddling but we want the best for football on the continent and they will be paid by FIFA to avoid influence from governments.
The millions of dollars we spend must not go to anyone’s pocket. We want to invest in Africa, not for a president, but for a country.
Infantino also said he would not be against further joint hosting of the World Cup after 2026 which is being staged in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
And he expressed support for all referees to introduce the three-step protocol for dealing with racism universally and if they are not being applied then FIFA has to intervene – a little like the World Anti-Doping Agency – directly in a country, in the national federation and make sure sanctions are undertaken in the case of racist behaviour