Swiss police raid UEFA offices in connection with Panama Papers

Wednesday April 6th, 2016

The Swiss Federal Police executed a warrant on UEFA’s offices Wednesday after former UEFA secretary general and current FIFA president Gianni Infantino was named in the Panama Papers. 

In a statement, UEFA confirmed that the police asked to see contracts UEFA had with Argentine company Cross Trading and Ecuadorian broadcaster Teleamazonas. Swiss authorities said in a statement that the raid did not target any specific person. 

The BBC and The Guardian reported Tuesday that Infantino was named in the massive leak of documents known as the Panama Papers. Documents showed that Infantino, while employed by UEFA, signed a contract giving Cross Trading the South American broadcast rights to UEFA club competitions. Cross Trading then sold the rights to Teleamazonas for three or four times the amount it paid.

Infantino later released a statement addressing the issue, saying that UEFA had nothing to hide. 

Cross Trading is a subsidiary of Full Play, a company owned by Hugo Jinkis, who was indicted last May in the FIFA corruption scandal. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, Infantino denied any wrongdoing.

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