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Six months ago Gianni Infantino was a low-profile right-hand man to European football boss Michel Platini.Infantino Friday was chosen as the new president of FIFA, a position which made his predecessor Sepp Blatter as instantly recognizable as some of the world's leading statesman.When Platini failed to clear his name and was banned from football for six years, Infantino was left carrying the hopes of European football.Having joined UEFA in 2000, Infantino rose to become its general secretary in 2009, just as Platini announced his break-even rule known as Financial Fair Play.Infantino has said it saved European clubs from spending themselves into oblivion but critics argued it prevented smaller clubs from growing and cemented a status quo in which the same teams dominate.UEFA initially said that clubs who did not comply would be kicked out of European competition, no matter how big.
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