New FIFA president Gianni Infantino (L) is congratulated by his wife Lina Al Achkar Infantino after winning the FIFA presidential election during the extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on February 26, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
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UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino vowed Friday to lead FIFA, the sport's world governing body, out of years of corruption and scandal after being elected president to succeed Sepp Blatter.Infantino owed his candidacy to the fact that Europe's preferred candidate, his former boss, UEFA President Michel Platini, was banned from football last year along with Blatter for ethics violations.Ninth president in FIFA's 112-year history, he inherits a very different job from that inhabited by Blatter, who toured the world for 17 years like a head of state, dispensing development funds to his global support base. Unlike most of the other candidates, Infantino can point to the fact that he never served under Blatter in FIFA's tainted leadership, having worked for UEFA since 2000 .
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