New FIFA President Gianni Infantino holds his first press conference in Zurich on February 26, 2016 following his election. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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After 17 years under the all-powerful Sepp Blatter, a sign of the FIFA president's newly diminished powers will come when Gianni Infantino's salary is revealed.The head of world soccer will no longer be the best-paid person in the governing body under reforms instigated to curb the president's powers after corruption scandals that threatened FIFA's existence. Instead, Infantino's No. 2 -- a chief executive in an overhauled FIFA structure -- will now receive a bigger pay packet than the president, a person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. A three-man remuneration committee decided that neither Infantino nor his CEO should earn more than Blatter, who was reported to have earned around $6 million -- a figure not denied by FIFA and which is likely to have fluctuated based on bonuses. Infantino, almost 35 years Blatter's junior at 45, is seen as a cleaner new face of FIFA as it tries to protect its victim status in American criminal investigations into soccer bribery and racketeering.Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani, who crafted the reforms alongside Infantino, believes Infantino will still be able to influence the management of FIFA as it tries to regain its credibility.
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