Fifa ethics committee member resigns after #PanamaLeaks

A general view shows the Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, October 20, 2010. (Christian Hartmann, Reuters)

A general view shows the Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, October 20, 2010. (Christian Hartmann, Reuters)

Uruguayan lawyer Juan Pedro Damiani resigned from Fifa’s ethics committee on Wednesday following the launch of a preliminary investigation linked to the Panama Papers data leak.

Sources at the world’s football governing body confirmed reports of the resignation in the online editions of Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung and the Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger.

Fifa has launched a preliminary inquiry after a huge data leak from a Panama-based law firm suggested a potential conflict of interest involving Damiani, a member of the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee.

The documents suggest he helped three defendants indicted in the Fifa corruption scandal use offshore companies. These companies could have been used to bribe football officials, according to Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Sunday. - dpa/ANA

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