FIFA Security Chief Steps Away
December 6, 2016
Former FIFA security director Ralf Mutschke (Getty Images)
(WFI) The leader in the fight against match-fixing in football is moving on to a new position.
Ralf Mutschke is no longer FIFA’s director of security and has not been immediately replaced, according to FIFA. Mutschke has also not provided a statement regarding his resignation
Mutschke joined the federation in June 2012 following former security chief Chris Eaton’s departure for the International Center for Sport Security. Mutschke’s four years in FIFA focused on match fixing education among the national federations, a fight Eaton helped initiate.
A former director of Interpol in Germany, Mutschke is the latest in a series of top level staff at world football to resign with little or no notice in 2016.
The federation has lost its audit and compliance committee chair Domenico Scala, chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak, marketing director Thierry Weil and director of television division Niclas Ericson since new president Gianni Infantino’s election in February.
FIFA will now seek to name a new security chief as soon as possible to oversee preparations for the next edition of the World Cup in Russia. The World Cup is scheduled to run from June 14-July 15, 2018 in cities ranging from St. Petersburg and Moscow to Sochi and Kazan.
By INSIDER Kevin Nutley
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