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New FIFA boss vows to restore image, respect to organization

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 01:18

As the new president of FIFA, Swiss soccer executive Gianni Infantino faces a monumental task in restoring credibility to the world soccer governing body's image. Nathan Frandino has more.

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Broadcasters: FOR USE IN BONA-FIDE CURRENT AFFAIRS NEWS OR SPORTS PROGRAMMING ONLY. NO SPONSORSHIP OR COMMERCIAL USE. NO USE AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2016. MUST ON-SCREEN CREDIT 'COURTESY OF FIFA'. Digital: FOR BONA FIDE NEWS REPORTING ONLY. NO SPONSORSHIP OR COMMERCIAL USE. NO USE AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2016. MUST ON-SCREEN CREDIT 'COURTESY OF FIFA'. Swiss soccer executive Gianni Infantino became FIFA's new president with a simple majority. And in his opening statement, he vowed to restore credibility to the sport's world governing body, after years of corruption and scandal. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GIANNI INFANTINO, NEW FIFA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "And we will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA and everyone in the world will applaud us and will applaud all of you for what we will do in FIFA in the future." Infantino is a 45-year-old law graduate and the general secretary of Europe's governing body UEFA. There he oversaw a dramatic growth in revenue... though inequality between rich, powerful clubs and the remaining clubs also grew. Infantino will now face multiple FIFA controversies, including criminal investigations into dozens of soccer officials for corruption. The awarding of the next two World Cup finals in Russia and Qatar are also under investigation. He'll also oversee the implementation of new reforms aimed at making FIFA more transparent, professional and accountable, a task that will require both patience and determination.

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New FIFA boss vows to restore image, respect to organization

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 01:18