FIFA presidential candidate Infantino calls for reform in troubled organisation

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UEFA General Secretary and FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino calls for reform to world soccer’s governing body FIFA

FIFA presidential candidate Infantino calls for reform in troubled organisation

SHOWS: DUBAI, UAE (DECEMBER 27, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UEFA GENERAL SECRETARY AND FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING:

“I think what we need now is indeed a strong leadership, is to implement the reforms immediately and I think this experience is certainly there and I’m looking very much forward to be able to show it in the next couple of months.”

STORY: FIFA presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino said on Sunday (December 27) that reforms are needed for the organisation to emerge from the worst crisis in its history.

The UEFA General Secretary was speaking at a panel discussion during the 10th annual Dubai International Sports Conference.

“I think what we need now is indeed a strong leadership, is to implement the reforms immediately and I think this experience is certainly there and I’m looking very much forward to be able to show it in the next couple of months,” said Infantino.

Infantino is one of five men seeking to replace FIFA President Sepp Blatter in February’s special elective vote, with former FIFA official Jerome Champagne of France, South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, Prince Ali Bin Hussein of Jordan, and Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain completing the list of candidates.

Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini, the two most powerful men in world football, were banned for eight years on December 21 for ethics violations, leaving the world’s most popular sport rudderless in a sea of corruption cases.

The pair, who were also fined, had been suspended in October while an investigation was carried out into a 2 million Swiss franc (1.3 million pound) payment that football’s global governing body made to European boss Platini in 2011, with Blatter’s approval, for work done 10 years earlier.

The landscape ahead of February’s vote looks very different to May’s, which took place two days after police swooped on FIFA delegates and other officials at their hotel in Zurich, sparking the biggest crisis in the organisation’s 111-year history.

The election is set to take place on Feb. 26 in Zurich.

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