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Infantino says he is 'definitely' the right man to run FIFA

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 00:39

FIFA Presidential candidate, Gianni Infantino says he is the man to lead the reform process at soccer's world governing body as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or

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SHOWS: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (JANUARY 11, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UEFA GENERAL SECRETARY AND FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, GIANNI INFANTINO, TALKING ABOUT WHY HE THINKS HE IS THE MAN TO RUN FIFA, SAYING: "Definitely." REPORTER, ASKING: "Why?" "Because I think FIFA needs to come back to football and I think I am somebody who can bring FIFA back to football, together with all these players, together with the clubs, together with the associations. And in addition to this I have, I think, some quite good experience in managing UEFA which is a very professional organisation." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UEFA GENERAL SECRETARY AND FIFA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "I think it's about anyway it's about...the organisation has to be about transparency, it has to be about football, and our job is to make sure we are open, we are transparent and we can organise football and do football." STORY: Gianni Infantino said on Monday (January 11) that he was the man who should win next month's FIFA presidential election and lead soccer's world governing body. Infantino was speaking as he arrived on the red carpet at the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich, Switzerland. The ceremony, at the Kongresshaus theatre, was held against the backdrop of FIFA going through the worst corruption crisis since it was founded in 1904. The sport is facing criminal investigations in both Switzerland and the United States, where some leading FIFA officials are among 41 individuals and sports entities who have been indicted on corruption charges. Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, normally a central figure at the ceremony, was not involved after being banned for eight years by the Ethics Committee in December. There was no President's Award, traditionally awarded for outstanding services to the game. Blatter was replaced by acting president Issa Hayatou who played a low-key role, reading a brief speech before the start of the ceremony and appeared on the stage when the awards for best player and women's player were presented. When asked what he would do to reform FIFA, Infantino said: "I think FIFA needs to come back to football and I think I am somebody who can bring FIFA back to football, together with all these players, together with the clubs, together with the associations. And in addition to this I have, I think, some quite good experience in managing UEFA which is a very professional organisation. "The organisation has to be about transparency, it has to be about football, and our job is to make sure we are open, we are transparent and we can organise football and do football."

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Infantino says he is 'definitely' the right man to run FIFA

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 00:39