Martin Bixel - 25 Oct - 0 Comments
David Gill, the former Manchester United chief executive, has been overlooked by Fifa for the key position of finance committee chairman in favour of the president of the corruption-ravaged South American governing body.
Fifa, which is facing calls to investigate the death of a British worker on a Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium, has announced that Alejandro Dominguez of Paraguay, the president of the Conmebol confederation, will lead the new eight-member committee and will earn a $500,000 annual salary for “additional roles and responsibilities” on top of his $300,000 Fifa Council payment.
Gill, Britain’s Fifa vice-president, is a chartered accountant and had let it be known to new president Gianni Infantino that he would be interested on sitting on the finance panel which will oversee annual income of $1.25bn.
Gill is not on the committee at all, with the European seat going to Hungary’s billionaire banker Sandor Csanyi, and he may not have endeared himself to Infantino after a leaked tape in May revealed he had questioned how Fifa had sacked the head of the independent audit committee without consulting the Fifa council.
Dominguez’ three predecessors in South America have all been indicted by the US department of justice for corruption and Fifa froze millions of dollars in funding to the Paraguay-based Conmebol during the US investigation, which has not implicated Dominguez.
Meanwhile, Labour’s shadow sports minister wants Fifa to investigate the death of a 40-year-old Britain working on the Khalifa international stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan said: “My thoughts go out to the friends and family of the person who tragically died working on a construction site in Qatar.
“This kind of incident is becoming all too common as Qatar prepares to host the World Cup in 2022 and it’s unacceptable that basic health and safety precautions are not being followed.
“Fifa and the Qatari authorities are putting profit before safety. New [Fifa] president Gianni Infantino needs to show where his priorities lie, launch an urgent investigation and ensure everything is done to protect workers.”
The firm involved, Midmac-Six Construct joint venture, said in a statement the incident occurred while the worker was on a suspended catwalk platform designed to manage technical functions relating to sound and light installations.
“One of the lever hoists supporting the platform failed, causing the fall of the worker, who was wearing all his safety equipment, including the safety harness. Sadly, the harness was cut during the fall with a fatal outcome,” the company said, adding that it was investigating why the harness failed.