FIFA Presidential candidate Gianni Infantino says reforming the scandal-plagued world soccer governing body needs to happen immediately to restore confidence in the sport.
Speaking at London’s Wembley Stadium, he gave no specific indication why he would seek to broaden FIFA’s power base as he launched his action plan for his first three months in office.
He also admitted it is “now or never” to restore credibility to world football’s scandal-hit governing body.
“I think it’s now or never. Now we have to take this opportunity, now we have to take the turn, we have to make a better FIFA, we have to work for football altogether in a united way, in a positive way, and this is the right moment to do that.”
“Certainly I can assure you of that. Of course you discuss with everyone when you are a polite person you speak with everyone and campaign is about convincing people to vote for you.
“But the position of FIFA President and the candidacy for FIFA President is something that brings with it a big responsibility and has to be taken very seriously, and that’s what I’m doing, I’m a candidate for the FIFA Presidency and nothing else, and I stand for the FIFA Presidency until the end.”
The likes of Ex-Cameroon and Real Madrid star, Geremi Njitap, former Portugal midfielder Luis Figo and his compatriot Jose Mourinho show their support for FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino who says he would not automatically choose a European to be his secretary general.
As well as Infantino, Frenchman Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa and Sheikh Salman Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain are also standing for election as FIFA president.