World football gets a new president
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
"He has run UEFA really well and he'll be great as the president of
"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.