The suspicions have provoked a furious response from the North African underdogs as tensions escalate ahead of the ballot in June.
Unconfirmed reports suggest Infantino, who is known to favour the rival heavyweight joint bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico, may have privately instructed FIFA’s Evaluation Task Force, which comprised some of his most trusted colleagues, to come up with some kind of incriminating evidence that could potentially disqualify Morocco from making the ballot paper.
According to the BBC, this resulted to the members of the panel to have discovered a family link between FIFA secretary-general, Fatma Samoura and her Senegalese compatriot, Hadji Diouf, who is an ambassador of the Moroccan bid during their recent inspection visit.
The BBC report also states that Samoura has been reported to the organisation’s of ethics committee, accused of alleged breaches relating to “duty of disclosure, co-operation and reporting” and “conflicts of interest”. Diouf is also reported to be subject to an ethics investigation.
Although the ethics committee itself has made no statement and the identity of the complainant has not been revealed.
Samoura who was the personal choice of Infantino as his number two when he took over the presidency from Sepp Blatter, is now said to have fallen seriously out of favour when it comes to key strategic decisions and the day-to-day running of the organisation.
However, FIFA did not deny an ethics complaint had been lodged.
According to a spokesperson being quoted as responding:
“The process is as fair, objective and transparent as it can get as demonstrated with the publication of the bid books, all bidding documents and the scoring system.
“The FIFA president is not involved in this process and he will not take part in the vote of the Congress. These are facts and not ‘maybe’ or gossip. FIFA has been heavily criticised for how it conducted the selection of hosts in the past. It was our obligation to learn from this and leave no room for any doubt or subjectivity.
“Anyone criticising this approach should be able to say if they would prefer a return to the old ways. Allegations of a defamatory nature are unacceptable, especially when they come in a middle of a bidding process when calm, sense of responsibility and respect should prevail.”