“Panic has broken out in Fifa”: criminal law professor Mark Pieth reacts to attack – Switzerland

“In Fifa under Gianni Infantino, panic has obviously broken out,” said Basel criminal law professor Mark Pieth (67) to CH Media. There is hardly any other explanation for the fact that the world football association “attacks a harmless professor in such a way.”

The anti-corruption expert refers to a statement sent by Fifa under boss Gianni Infantino on Sunday morning. In it, the world football association links a newspaper article that it probably initiated himself. The article is an attack on criminal law professor Pieth, who in the last few months has criticized Fifa boss Infantino and his activities. And the communiqué sent by Fifa intensifies the attack and carries it out.

The tenor is: Pieth is not independent, so his criticism of the great chairman Infantino has no meaning.

The story published by the “football boss” of the “Sonntags-Blick” has been circulated by followers of the Fifa boss for years. In it, the criminal law professor Pieth is accused of having once collected millions for his work as chairman of the Fifa reform commission in the years 2011 to 2013. “2.5 million francs for nothing”, so the title of the text. With the reform, client Sepp Blatter wanted to give FIFA more credibility at the time.

Infantino sends Bell to confidante

Infantino’s old confidante Alasdair Bell, Vice-Secretary General of Fifa, twice in the Fifa announcement with criticism of the criminal law professor: “Mr. Pieth and the Basel Institute on Governance have collected millions in fees from FIFA under the direction of Sepp Blatter”. Haudegen Bell, who already worked with Infantino at Uefa, deduces the claim that the Swiss criminal law expert is not independent of world renown.

The background of the Infantino attack on Pieth is the criminal proceedings for possible incitement to crimes, which the Fifa boss has because of his ominous “Schweizerhof” meeting with federal prosecutor Michael Lauber. At the beginning of the criminal proceedings against Infantino stood the former Basel public prosecutor and police commander Markus Mohler, who raised the questions in an interview with CH Media that are now being investigated by the extraordinary public prosecutor. Mohler and Pieth have known each other for years, from the University of Basel and Mohler’s time as police commander. Now Infantino apparently senses a Basel conspiracy.

Several criminal charges were filed after Mohler’s interview in CH Media. The extraordinary federal prosecutor Stefan Keller is currently investigating whether there were crimes such as favoritism or violation of official secrecy, especially at a meeting that none of four or five participants want to remember. The meeting, which was not logged, took place in the luxury hotel Schweizerhof, which belongs to the Qatar State Fund.

In terms of his defense, Infantino has massively stepped up his media work, namely hiring a press officer from Germany who is very actively seeking contact with journalists.

Should the seat move to Qatar, says Pieth

Infantino must fear being suspended as Fifa president because of the criminal proceedings like his predecessor Blatter, which would mean losing his job. At the beginning of the week he went on the counter-offensive via his old confidante Bell, who attacked the extraordinary federal prosecutor and assessed the criminal proceedings as “absolutely unfair”.

If Fifa and Infantino don’t like the Swiss constitutional state, they should move their headquarters to Qatar or something similar, Pieth says. In a country that is apparently more in line with their sense of justice.

Back to the attack on Pieth: The work of the Reform Commission under Pieth and his Basel Institute on Governance, which was active for three years, cost 2.5 million. Travel expenses and fees included. A dozen people from all over the world were employed and, as Pieth explains, they were paid business class for their long-haul flights. “I didn’t take any money as wages myself,” he said, because he got his wages from university. But he had billed for the time he needed and then transferred this money to the university’s cash register as usual. His institute did not make a profit with the FIFA reform. “The Basel Institute had to pay the secretary and the media expert of our commission.” Therefore, the effective effort was offset. Conversely, there was no question of “giving gifts to a rich sports organization like Fifa”.

Independent people were sidelined

Pieth rejects the accusation that the reform work has brought nothing at all. Among other things, because Uefa, at that time under Platini and Infantino, blocked parts such as the term limit, little remained in substance. “Unfortunately, only the paper version remains of the reform efforts. From my point of view, they have been eroded because the professional and independent people have been replaced by dependent people, ”says Pieth.

Because one of the consequences of Pieth’s work was initially critical people at the head of the Fifa ethics committee such as the American Michael Garcia, the Swiss Cornel Borbély, the German Hans-Joachim Eckert. Among them, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were suspended after the federal prosecutor opened criminal proceedings against Blatter. Pieth says that these people have shown how independent they are by exercising their office. And the chief supervisor Domenico Scala “calculated a wage for the new president that he didn’t like”. But under Infantino these people were deposed. “They were afraid of their independence”, Pieth is certain.

Gianni Infantino is presumed to be innocent.

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FIFA 21: “toxic” celebrations withdrawn and shorter online break times

We now know almost all new gameplay of FIFA 21, detailed in length and width by EA Sports. And for those who would like the short version, a trailer summarizing the new features and changes was unveiled this week. EA Sports has, however, provided for other modifications intended to reduce toxic behavior.

Already, on the celebrations side, it was decided to withdraw gestures Chute and OK, obviously overused by trolls. For the last, it is its racist connotation which could have been debated, as it was already the case in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. But overall, EA Sports wants to prevent players from getting annoyed while playing FIFA 21 online. That is why it was also decided to reduce the time allocated to stopped phases : you will now have 10 seconds for the kick-off, 12 seconds for a throw-in, 15 seconds for a relief, a corner or a penalty, and 20 seconds for a free kick.

Likewise, in a network, several animations will be removed automatically, such as returning to midfield after scoring or walking to the ball in touch and setting up the ball with relief, while the duration of the celebrations themselves will be shortened. Add that a job done so that the end of a half is whistled in a more logical way at the end of added time, and removed collisions with the hands, forearms and shoulders to avoid unintentional contact, and you get great initiatives that should delight the community.

“The community told us there was some toxic behavior in the game and we wanted to make sure we removed it,” gameplay producer Sam Rivera told Eurogamer. “So we took away some of the celebrations that people thought wasn’t the best idea to have in the game. The pace is more dense, which is to try to keep you playing most of the time instead of waiting. Overall, the intention is just to keep you playing instead of doing other things that may not be necessary in the game. ”

The release date of FIFA 21, it’s out October 9 on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch, three days earlier if you buy special edition, and later on PS5, Xbox Series X and Stadia.

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THE BALL – Filipe Nyusi extends State of Emergency for the third time (Mozambique)

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BALL – Iran asks Interpol for help to capture … Trump (Iran)

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr accused the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and more than 30 others, for his involvement in the air strike, with a drone, on 3 January, which killed General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq.

According to the state news agency IRNA, Alqasimehr asked Interpol for a red warning to Donald Trump and the rest, which represents the highest level of urgency for the court order.

The United States carried out an air strike in Baghdad on January 3, which killed Qassem Soleimani, the general who oversaw operations in Iraq for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, increasing tensions between the two countries, which prompted Iranian forces to retaliate. with a ballistic missile attack against American troops present in the region.

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THE BALL – Africa with 12,140 more positive cases in 24 hours (Africa)

According to the African Union’s Disease Control and Prevention Center (Africa CDC), the number of people infected in Africa is 371,548, plus 12,140 cases in the last 24 hours, with an additional 201 deaths, bringing the total number to 9,484, It should be noted that another 5,350 people were recovered (totaling 178,407).

Southern Africa has the highest number of cases: 137,028 and counts 2,477 deaths, while North Africa leads in the number of deaths: 4,007 in 94,388 cases. West Africa accounts for 1,248 deaths out of 71,969 infected, East Africa reports 1,041 fatalities in 35,249 cases, while in Central Africa there are 711 deaths in 32,914 infections.

Egypt, the African country with the most fatalities, accounts for 2,708 deaths and 63,923 positive cases, followed by South Africa and Algeria, with 892 fatalities and 12,968 infected. Nigeria has 558 dead and 24,077 infected, and Sudan 572 deaths in 9,257 positive cases.

As for the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Guinea-Bissau has more infections: 1,614 and 21 fatalities. Cape Verde has 1,091 infections and 12 deaths, while Mozambique counts 839 infected patients and five dead (no changes in the last 24 hours).

São Tomé and Príncipe accounts for 713 cases and 13 deaths and Angola has 259 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 10 deaths.

Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), has 2,001 cases and keeps 32 dead.

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THE BALL – Impressive: USA records 45,330 infections in one day (COVID-19)

According to data released by Johns Hopkins University, the United States recorded 45,330 new cases of Covid-19 infections within 24 hours, now adding up to more than 2.4 million confirmed cases, a new daily record, and 574 more deaths, increased to 124,978 fatalities.

The spread of the disease has increased in the states of California, Florida, Texas and Arizona, which together account for almost half of the country’s infections. New York remains the most affected state, with 391,220 confirmed cases and 31,342 deaths. In New York City alone, 22,421 people died.

New Jersey has 14,914 deaths, Massachusetts 8,012, Illinois 6,847, Pennsylvania 6,579, Michigan 6,134, California 5,816 and Connecticut, with 4,307.

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THE BALL – Impressive: USA records 45,330 infections in one day (COVID-19)

According to data released by Johns Hopkins University, the United States recorded 45,330 new cases of Covid-19 infections within 24 hours, now adding up to more than 2.4 million confirmed cases, a new daily record, and 574 more deaths, increased to 124,978 fatalities.

The spread of the disease has increased in the states of California, Florida, Texas and Arizona, which together account for almost half of the country’s infections. New York remains the most affected state, with 391,220 confirmed cases and 31,342 deaths. In New York City alone, 22,421 people died.

New Jersey has 14,914 deaths, Massachusetts 8,012, Illinois 6,847, Pennsylvania 6,579, Michigan 6,134, California 5,816 and Connecticut, with 4,307.

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THE BALL – Impressive: USA records 45,330 infections in one day (COVID-19)

According to data released by Johns Hopkins University, the United States recorded 45,330 new cases of Covid-19 infections within 24 hours, now adding up to more than 2.4 million confirmed cases, a new daily record, and 574 more deaths, increased to 124,978 fatalities.

The spread of the disease has increased in the states of California, Florida, Texas and Arizona, which together account for almost half of the country’s infections. New York remains the most affected state, with 391,220 confirmed cases and 31,342 deaths. In New York City alone, 22,421 people died.

New Jersey has 14,914 deaths, Massachusetts 8,012, Illinois 6,847, Pennsylvania 6,579, Michigan 6,134, California 5,816 and Connecticut, with 4,307.

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