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FIFA President Infantino welcomes probe into UEFA's TV deals

Zurich: FIFA president Gianni Infantino says his determination to restore football’s rotten reputation has been strengthened by the Panama Papers link, which prompted police to raid UEFA headquarters.

Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino

Infantino said he was dismayed and will not accept that his integrity is being doubted after documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca included a television rights contract bearing his signature.

The 46-year-old in his former role as UEFA director of legal services, co-signed a television rights contract in 2006 with two businessmen who have since been caught up in football's corruption scandal.

"If my determination to restore football’s reputation was already very strong, it is now even stronger," Infantino said in a statement.

"I welcome any investigation conducted into this matter. It is in my interest and in the interest of football that everything should come to light."

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland said the swoop, which was one of two, which took place on Wednesday, was part of criminal proceedings directed against persons unknown.

A statement from the Swiss OAG said: "On April 6, 2016, the OAG on a co-operative basis for the collection of evidence searched the headquarters of the UEFA and at another enterprise.

The OAG’s criminal proceedings are in connection with the acquisition of television rights."

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