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World football gets a new president



Gianni Infantino

Paris, France (AFP) New FIFA leader Gianni Infantino was hailed Friday for being "not a politician, not a superstar" but as a reform-minded administrator who can lead the scandal-plagued football body into a brave new world.

The 45-year-old multilingual Swiss-Italian lawyer was elected as the new FIFA president, ending Sepp Blatter's controversial, rollercoaster 18 years in charge.

"He's not a politician. He's not a superstar. He's just very together, very organised," said Greg Dyke, chairman of England's Football Association.

"He has run UEFA really well and he'll be great as the president of FIFA.

"I think we can be more optimistic about the future of FIFA now than we could have been certainly a week ago, after a terrible year. It's been a corrupted organisation for a long time and now I think this is some hope for the future."

Infantino had served for seven years as general secretary of UEFA.

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