FIFA Presidential Candidate Infantino Calls to Reform Organization

© AFP 2022 / FABRICE COFFRINIUEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino looks on during the draw for the UEFA Champions league round of sixteen at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on December 14, 2015
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino looks on during the draw for the UEFA Champions league round of sixteen at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on December 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Presidential candidate for the International Football Federation (FIFA) Gianni Infantino calls on to Implement strict and independent control over money flows, including public disclosure of payments to elected FIFA members and top management, as well as a clear and transparent bidding procedure for the FIFA World Cup.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Presidential candidate for the International Football Federation (FIFA) Gianni Infantino in his election program, published on Tuesday, called for strict and independent controls over cash flows to be introduced within FIFA amid the body's ongoing corruption scandal.

“Implement strict and independent control over money flows, including public disclosure of payments to elected FIFA members and top management, as well as a clear and transparent bidding procedure for the FIFA World Cup,” one of the points of Infantino’s 11-point manifesto reads.

Infantino’s plan also includes spreading the World Cup across entire regions instead of limiting them to being held in one or two countries.

The next president of the scandal-plagued world football governing body is expected to be elected on February 26.

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Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter and his associate Michel Platini were both banned from all football-related activities for eight years last month. The two are accused of making a multimillion dollar handshake deal over a decade ago that FIFA’s ethics committee classified as a "disloyal payment."

A handful of FIFA officials and marketing executives were arrested in Switzerland on a US federal warrant on fraud, racketeering and money laundering charges. Five FIFA officials have been extradited to the United States to date.

Other candidates alongside current General Secretary for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Infantino include FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali Bin Hussein, former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne, Asian Football Confederation chief Salman Bin Ibrahim Khalifa, and businessman Tokyo Sexwale.

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