FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino poses with children from a football school during the inauguration of the FIFA World Football Museum on February 28, 2016 in Zurich. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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Newly-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino paid tribute to his disgraced predecessor in the job, Sepp Blatter, for the role he played in establishing a new $140 million football museum which opened Sunday in Zurich.Infantino, who was elected to take over from fellow Swiss Blatter in a special election of FIFA associations Friday, was making his first outing as head of the scandal-tainted organisation.He was accompanied at the inauguration by FIFA's acting general secretary Markus Kattner and former Swiss international Stephane Chapuisat, but there was no sign of Blatter who is banned from all football-related activities for six years on corruption charges. Blatter gets only a minimal mention in the works devoted to football heroics in the new museum.Despite Infantino taking over as FIFA chief, Blatter has refused to be completely sidelined by events.Blatter, who was banned along with UEFA president Michel Platini in December, still faces a Swiss criminal investigation for mismanagement at FIFA.
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