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Infantino says Leicester City's English Premier League rise is a 'fairytale'

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 01:01

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino talks about Thai-owned Leicester City's good run during his visit to Thailand.

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SHOWS: BANGKOK, THAILAND (APRIL 28, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "The fairytale of Leicester are exactly showing us that football is unpredictable, that football depends on many elements, of course, money is an important element when you build up a team." WHITE FLASH 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "We went through a difficult time in FIFA as it was also the situation here in Thailand, of course. But in FIFA we went through a difficult time. We have approved reforms, we'll bring back transparency, we'll bring back good governance, we'll bring back compliance into all FIFA." WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "I've been meeting representatives from Indonesia in Zurich at the beginning of this week. And we have looked into how the situation could improve in Indonesia in order to allow Indonesia to be reinstated." STORY: FIFA President Gianni Infantino talked about Thai-owned Leicester City's good run during a visit to Thailand on Thursday (April 28). Infantino was in the Thai capital Bangkok to take part in the Football Association of Thailand's 100th anniversary celebrations. He met Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, whose military government and junta have ruled Thailand since a May 2014 coup. Infantino's stop in the Southeast Asian country followed his visit to South Korea to meet with World Cup sponsors Hyundai Motor Group - a visit he said was aimed at rebuilding trust with corporate partners. Infantino spoke about the Thai-owned Leicester City's rise to the top of the English Premier League as a "fairytale". Leicester will be assured of the Premier League title if they can gain three points from their remaining three games. During a news conference in Bangkok, Infantino reiterated what he had said in Seoul on Wednesday (April 27), pledging that "we'll bring back compliance into all FIFA". World soccer's scandal-hit governing body is in the middle of its worst crisis in its 112-year history, with more than 40 individuals and entitites, including many former FIFA officials, charged with corruption-related offences in the United States. He also mentioned that he has discussed with Indonesia on what it needs to do to be reinstated in the international arena after the country was suspended by FIFA for government interference.

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Infantino says Leicester City's English Premier League rise is a 'fairytale'

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 01:01