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Gianni Infantino
Gender Male
Ethnic Swiss
  Italian
Job President of FIFA
Desc Gianni Infantino was first elected in 2016 in the wake of Sepp Blatter’s downfall amid the biggest scandal in FIFA’s history

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2016 02 27 Retrieve

[New FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s acceptance speech at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress 2016] Dear friends, I cannot express my feelings in this moment. I told you I went through a journey, an exceptional journey, a journey which made me meet many fantastic people; many people who love football, who live football, who breathe football every day, and many people that deserve that FIFA is highly respected. We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA and everyone in the world will applaud us and will applaud all of you for what we’ll do in FIFA in the future. We have to proud of FIFA and everyone has to be proud of FIFA and we have to be proud of what we’ll do together in FIFA. I would like to thank all of you, all 209 (Member Associations), all the other candidates. We had a sporting competition. Tokyo (Sexwale) said it, one can win and four will not win but we had a sporting competition and it was a great sign of democracy in FIFA. I want to be the president of all of you, of all 209 National Associations. I traveled through the globe and will continue to do this. I want to work with all of you together, with all of you in order to restore and rebuild a new era in FIFA, a new era where we can put again football in the centre of the stage

2016 03 05 Retrieve

[Gianni Infantino in his first interview] I know what it means to love football and follow a team. Football without the fans is nothing. We need the players and we need the fans, and I think these two elements have been neglected for too long. Now it’s time to change this. It’s time to bring them in and involve them in all that we do

2016 04 30 Retrieve

[FIFA President Gianni Infantino offers his thoughts on Leicester City’s remarkable run to the top of the English Premier League table] Money does not necessarily win in football. Fairytales like the fairytale of Leicester are exactly showing us that football is unpredictable

2016 11 01 Retrieve

[FIFA president Gianni Infantino leads tributes to World Cup designer] It’s with great sadness that I learned of the death of Silvio Gazzaniga. He was the creator of a trophy, which is the most beautiful emblem that FIFA could dream of having as a prize. The World Cup is a mythic object for the players and for all football lovers. We will be eternally grateful, I express my condolences by joining the pain of the family. The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory. A work of art is a bit like one’s child, as it’s a creation. And I’m not just talking about the World Cup: the same is true for everything I did

[Gazzaniga said that the trophy - which is solid 18-carat gold and weighs approximately six kilograms - was designed to reflect the tournament’s global reach and the moment of jubilation for the victors] The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory. A work of art is a bit like one’s child, as it’s a creation. And I’m not just talking about the World Cup: the same is true for everything I did

2016 11 26 Retrieve

[FIFA launches new exchange platform for its member associations] It is important that in future the decisions at FIFA are not dictated from the top but really come from those who have to engage with and organise football in their countries every day, and that is why it is important that we use their feedback and input to develop our programmes

2016 12 03 Retrieve

[FIFA President Gianni Infantino expresses condolences on the Chapecoense air tragedy] This is a very, very sad day for football. We are so sorry to hear about the airplane crash in Colombia, it is shocking and tragic news. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends. FIFA would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences to the fans of Chapecoense, the football community and media organisations concerned in Brazil

2017 03 04 Retrieve

[Gianni Infantino pays tribute to former France legend Raymond Kopa, who passed away on Friday] It is a very sad day for football, Raymond Kopa was an exceptional player, an inspiration for many generations and a man whose commitment to the service of football was flawless throughout his life. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones

2019 06 05 Retrieve

[Gianni Infantino will continue as FIFA president until 2023 after being re-elected unopposed] All those who love me, all those who hate me, I love everyone today. I am humbled by your trust and by your confidence, and I’m honoured to serve you and to serve FIFA.

2019 06 05b Retrieve

For those who love me, for those who hate me. I love everyone today … Remember the state of FIFA at that congress. Well the last three years and four months have certainly not been perfect. I have made mistakes certainly and I try to improve and do this better but today on an election day nobody talks about crisis. Nobody talks about rebuilding FIFA from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals. Nobody talks about corruption

[But Infantino told FIFA’s 211 member associations that ‘we have turned the situation around’ since the Blatter era] This organization went from being toxic, almost criminal to what it should be - an organization that develops football, an organization that cares about football. We have transformed it into a new FIFA - an organization which is synonymous with credibility, trust, integrity, equality, human rights

2019 06 11 Retrieve

[During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 32 teams competed for $400m (£315m) in prize money, with champions France being awarded $38m (£29m). France’s payout alone is more than what all 24 women’s teams will compete for in the 2019 World Cup] It’s a very important message for women’s football. It will certainly boost this World Cup even more.

2019 07 02 Retrieve

[The body of Young Boys and Switzerland midfielder Florijana Ismaili has been found, three days after she disappeared in a swimming accident] This is an extremely sad moment for all the football community, particularly at a time when we gather at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Both on mine and FIFA’s behalf, I would like to express the most heartfelt condolences to Florijana’s family and friends, to the Swiss Federation and to BSC Young Boys

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[Gianni Infantino says FIFA is considering expanding the next Women’s World Cup to 32 teams and doubling the prize money] We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023. We will discuss it as a matter of urgency and see if we can already decide to increase for 2023, in which case we should re-open the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organise or maybe co-host for some of those who have been bidding already for a 24-team World Cup.

[FIFA president says the success of the 2019 edition has proven there is a hunger for a larger tournament in the future] Nothing is impossible and based on the success of this World Cup of course we have to believe bigger and to do what we should have done already probably some time ago. But now we have the evidence to do it for women’s football

[Infantino also has proposed creating a Club World Cup for women’s football, starting in 2020, citing the need to develop the game at the domestic level, which will trickle up to the international game] I would like to propose a Club World Cup for women, starting as soon as possible. A real Club World Cup. We can only develop national football if we develop club football as well. It can be played every year to expose clubs all over the world. Clubs would invest even more in women’s football to shine on the world stage

2019 07 06 Retrieve

[A rise in popularity the women’s game has prompted FIFA president Gianni Infantino to raise the prospect of increasing the number of teams from 24 to 32 while doubling the prize money on offer] We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023. We will discuss it as a matter of urgency and see if we can already decide to increase for 2023, in which case we should re-open the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organise or maybe co-host for some of those who have been bidding already for a 24-team World Cup

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Women’s World Cup 2023: How many countries will take part?] We need to do more to make sure that this gap [between Europe and other continents] doesn’t become bigger. We want to channel part of this investment into the grassroots of the game all over the world. We need to invest much more where there is no women’s football, rather than where the women’s game already exists

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[President Trump working with FIFA chief to make women’s football ‘better and more equitable’ despite Rapinoe row] [In] women’s soccer, where you are world champion, there is much more to do. The president was saying this to me and he is right. We are working with that and we will announce very soon some new initiatives

2019 09 19 Retrieve

[FIFA president Infantino urges Iran to lift stadium ban on women] I am hopeful that the Iranian Federation and the Iranian authorities were receptive to our repeated calls to address this unacceptable situation. I contacted them several times in the recent past and so has the FIFA administration. We have a delegation of FIFA members in Iran at the moment and I am looking forward to hearing good news from them. Our position is clear and firm. Women have to be allowed into football stadiums in Iran. We understand there are steps and processes that need to be taken before this is done in a proper and safe way but now is the moment to change things and FIFA is expecting positive developments starting in the next Iran home match in October

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[FIFA president Infantino wants an end to racism] I want to say this here in Italy, in my country. Yesterday, again, we have witnessed in the Italian championship an example of racism. This is not acceptable any more. We have to say this. We have to say no to racism, in whatever form. No to racism in football, no to racism in society. But we don’t have just to say it. We have to fight against it. We have to kick racism out once and for all in Italy and in the rest of the world. Out of football and out of society

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Gianni Infantino pushing ahead with Women’s World League plans] We have to build on the momentum of this fantastic World Cup

We then brought it back to the council of FIFA, where it was, how shall I say, put on hold? Or blocked for probably some sports political reasons? I don’t know exactly why. But we will bring it back on the table until it will be approved

We need to create a World Cup for clubs. We cannot think that we can seriously develop women’s football by only having national teams. We need clubs as well and to give them more reason to invest and to give them a stage where they can perform. So I will propose a Club World Cup. Every year, starting next year or the year after next. I don’t think it takes us a long time to organise it

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Thousands of women watched Iran thrash Cambodia 14-0 in a men’s 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday in a historic move welcomed by FIFA] For the first time in nearly 40 years, several thousand women have been allowed into a stadium in Iran to watch a football match played by men. This is a very positive step forward, and one which FIFA, and especially Iranian girls and women, have been eagerly waiting for. The passion, joy and enthusiasm they showed today was remarkable to see and encourages us even more to continue the path we have started. History teaches us that progress comes in stages and this is just the beginning of a journey. Consequently, FIFA now looks more than ever towards a future when ALL girls and women wishing to attend football matches in Iran will be free to do so, and in a safe environment.

There can be no stopping or turning back now. I would like to thank both the Iran FA, the AFC and the authorities involved for their efforts and cooperation. FIFA will continue to work closely with them, to help ensure that the right thing is done, which is to allow all fans, irrespective of gender, to have the chance to go to the stadiums and enjoy a game of football. Since I arrived at FIFA, we fight to see this objective fulfilled. But, above all, today I want to say a very big thank you and record our utmost respect to all of the Iranian girls and women who courageously stood and are standing up for their rights. FIFA fully supports them and will stand by them

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[FIFA chief Infantino calls for stronger fight against racism after Bulgaria and England scandal] So many times we say there is no place for racism in football, but nonetheless we still face challenges to tackle this problem in our sport, as we do in society. We will need the support of public authorities to help us identify and punish the culprits but we probably also need to think more broadly on what we can do to fix this. When we proposed the three-step procedure in 2009 when I was at UEFA, and then made the regulations even tougher a few years later, we could not have imagined that so shortly thereafter we would again be having to think of how to combat this obnoxious disease that seems to be getting even worse in some parts of the world

I call on all football governing bodies to join us and think together of new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football. As a starting point, I suggest that all competition organisers enact regulations which envisage life bans from stadiums for those who are found guilty of racist behaviour at a football match. FIFA can then enforce such bans at a worldwide level

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Fifa president Gianni Infantino demands ‘stronger, more effective ways’ to eradicate racism in football] I call on all football governing bodies to join us and think together of new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football.

As a starting point, I suggest that all competition organisers enact regulations which envisage life bans from stadiums for those who are found guilty of racist behaviour at a football match. Fifa can then enforce such bans at a worldwide level

[Infantino, who introduced the protocol while at Uefa] So many times we say there is no place for racism in football, but nonetheless we still face challenges to tackle this problem in our sport, as we do in society. We will need the support of public authorities to help us identify and punish the culprits, but we probably also need to think more broadly on what we can do to fix this. When we proposed the three-step procedure in 2009 when I was at Uefa, and then made the regulations even tougher a few years later, we could not have imagined that so shortly thereafter we would again be having to think of how to combat this obnoxious disease that seems to be getting even worse in some parts of the world

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[FIFA president Gianni Infantino was left disappointed by the spectacle in general and wasn’t happy foreign media had their access to the match limited. South Korea’s recent clash against North Korea as very aggressive with the two nations drawing 0-0 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday] I was looking forward to seeing a full stadium for such a historic match but was disappointed to see there were no fans in the stands. We were surprised by this and by several issues related to its live broadcast and problems with visas and access for foreign journalists. For us, freedom of the press and freedom of speech are obviously paramount, but on the other hand it would be naive to think we can change the world from one minute to the next

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Speaking at a council meeting in Shanghai on Thursday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated] This is a historic decision for football because the FIFA council decided unanimously to appoint China as the host for the new FIFA World Cup for clubs. The new FIFA World Cup for clubs will be a competition which every person who loves football looks forward to. It is the first real and true world cup for the best teams and clubs in the world

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[FIFA President Gianni Infantino added on Wenger’s appointment] Arsene Wenger’s profound knowledge and passion for the different aspects of our game sets him apart as one of the most respected personalities in football. I am delighted to welcome him to the team.

Since I arrived at FIFA, we have placed football at the centre of our mission, striving to learn from those who know the sport inside out: Arsene is someone who, with his strategic vision, competence and hard work, has dedicated his life to football. His arrival is just another example of how we keep strengthening our purpose to bring FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[FIFA president Gianni Infantino says Football will be different after coronavirus crisis] Football is not the most important thing, health comes first and should remain our priority until this sickness has been defeated. The world is facing new challenges and we have to stay together and work as a team. This is the lesson that football can give: to work as a team. Tomorrow we all would like to see football again, but we don’t know when we will be able to resume playing and no one around the world knows when we will be able to play like before. It is very important that football follows the instructions of the health authorities and governments, and it is very important that football gives a good example, because it’s clear that no match is more important than a human life. This we need to clearly have in our minds, while at the same time…working with confidence and thinking positively towards the future. We have to look ahead and can’t remain passive as [the coronavirus] will affect us. Both our world and our sport will be different once we return to normality. It is our responsibility as football administrators, first of all to ensure football can survive and secondly move forward once again. This is not only our responsibility but also our obligation

2020 03 03 Retrieve

[FIFA chief Gianni Infantino calls for associations ‘not to panic’ over coronavirus] Some of you have had to take important decisions in this respect. Every competition organiser has to study it of course and has to take decisions. It is important to consider all the information from the authorities, but it’s also important not to panic. Those who have to take decisions, like what happened in Switzerland, will take decisions and then be able to move forward. Someone said to me football can be an antidote to coronavirus. I wouldn’t go that far, but sometimes football is an antidote to many other illnesses like discrimination and racism, and this is a fight we need to fight all together

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[FIFA president Gianni Infantino urged associations not to panic and to take care when implementing control measures] Some of you have had to take important decisions in this respect. Every competition organiser has to study it of course and has to take decisions. It is important to consider all the information from the authorities, but it’s also important not to panic. Those who have to take decisions, like happened in Switzerland, will take decisions and then be able to move forward. Someone said to me football can be an antidote to coronavirus. I wouldn’t go that far, but sometimes football is an antidote to many other illnesses like discrimination and racism, and this is a fight we need to fight all together

2020 03 17 Retrieve

[FIFA backs UEFA Euro 2020 postponement as Infantino proposes $10m WHO donation] It goes without saying that FIFA will keep in regular contact with all members of the football community during this difficult period. As I stated yesterday, challenging circumstances offer the opportunity for people to come together, show what they can do in a collective spirit, and emerge stronger and better prepared for the future. And this is what FIFA is aiming to do here. The world is facing an unprecedented health challenge and clearly a global and collective response is needed. Cooperation, mutual respect and understanding must be the guiding principles for all decision makers to have in mind at this crucial moment in time

2020 03 17b Retrieve

[FIFA president Infantino embraces sporting solidarity] We must do everything in our power to protect fans, players, coaches, and everyone else involved in our beautiful game. Most importantly, the football authorities must take all necessary measures to prevent the virus spreading to the wider community. The world football community has shown a sense of solidarity and unity in the face of this threat. And we should continue to do the same when thinking about how we will address the consequences we will have to face for the future of our game, once this serious risk to human health is behind us.

It goes without saying that we all have to take this matter very seriously while, at the same time, remaining calm and assured in both our response and our decision making. FIFA will keep in regular contact with all relevant stakeholders during this difficult period and look to find in due course solutions in a spirit of cooperation, taking into account the interests of football at all levels. Health first and sporting solidarity should be the key principles guiding decision-making at this important moment in time and I am sure that the whole football community will live up to the great values of our sport.

Let’s also bear in mind that sport in general and football, in particular, can - and I believe will - play a big part in helping our world recover once we have, hopefully sooner rather than later, returned to normality. Challenging circumstances offer the opportunity for people to come together, show what they can do in a collective spirit, and emerge stronger and better prepared for the future. We know that this is one of those moments

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[Why is Euro 2021 being held across 12 venues?] Instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in the summer of 2020. An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a EURO, is certainly an excellent thing, especially in times when you have an economic situation where you cannot expect countries to invest in facilities in the way that such an event requires

2020 03 18b Retrieve

[Coronavirus: FIFA to assess impact of pandemic on transfer windows, player contracts] This exceptional situation requires exceptional measures and decisions. This crisis impacts the entire world and that is why solutions need to take into account the interests of all stakeholders around the world. We have shown again today a spirit of co-operation, solidarity and unity. These must be our key drivers moving forward and I would like to thank all the confederations’ presidents for their positive contributions and efforts. FIFA will keep in close contact with all stakeholders to assess and take the necessary steps to deal with the variety of issues we are facing. I count on the support of the whole football community moving forward

2020 03 22 Retrieve

[How will coronavirus affect loan deals if club football season goes into summer?] This exceptional situation requires exceptional measures and decisions. This crisis impacts the entire world and that is why solutions need to take into account the interests of all stakeholders around the world

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[FIFA president Infantino on coronavirus reform] An assessment of the global economic impact is needed. It’s difficult right now, we don’t know when it will return to normal. But we look at the opportunities. We can perhaps reform world football by taking a step back. With different formats. Less tournaments, but more interesting. Maybe fewer teams, but more balanced. Less games, to protect the health of the players, but more competitive. It’s not science fiction, let’s talk about it. We quantify the damages, let’s see how we can cover them, we have to make sacrifices. The ones who managed their ‘company’ in a healthy way, will benefit - then we start again. Not from scratch, we are privileged. But let’s all save football together, from a crisis that risks being irreversible

It makes me laugh. And what else? From what I see, others are already planning and organising tournaments around the world, outside the institutional structures, and without respect for how domestic, continental and world football is organised. In the future we must have a least 50 national sides that can win the World Cup, not just eight in Europe and two in South America. We need 50 clubs that can win the Club World Cup, not just five or six European ones. And 20 of these 50 will be European, which seems better than today’s five or six. But it’s not the right time to talk about this now.

Health comes first, then everything else. For the managers, the rest means hoping for the best but also preparing for the worst. Without panicking, let’s say it clearly: we will play again when we can do it without putting anyone’s health at risk. Federations and leagues are ready to follow the recommendations of the governments and WHO [World Health Organisation]. I thank the doctors, nurses and all those who risk their lives to save others. They are heroes

2020 03 24 Retrieve

[FIFA President Gianni Infantino on coronavirus quarantine] We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus. FIFA has teamed up with WHO because health comes first. I call upon the football community worldwide to join us in supporting this campaign to pass the message even further. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have put their names to the campaign and are united in their desire to pass the message to kick out Covid-19

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[FIFA propose extending expiring contracts and ‘flexible’ transfer windows as result of coronavirus] The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly changed all the factual circumstances around football for this season. So, FIFA, together with the stakeholders, has come up with some practical ideas and proposals to tackle these new circumstances. Whilst this will not solve each and every problem, it should serve to bring a measure of stability and clarity to football for the foreseeable future. We hope that this collaborative effort, under the leadership of FIFA, can provide a positive example of how football can come together and show unity, solidarity and a spirit of compromise in order to face the challenging times ahead - but before these times come, one thing must be clear to everyone, especially now: health comes first, well before football

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[FIFA president Gianni Infantino said it would be ‘more than irresponsible’ to restart competitions too early amid the coronavirus pandemic] As our main priority, our principles, the ones we employ in our competitions and also we invite to everyone to follow, is health comes first. As much as I emphasise it, it is not enough. It’s not worth to put at risk any human life for any game, any competition, nor any league. Everyone should have this clear in their minds. It would be more than irresponsible to restart the competitions if the situation is not safe 100 per cent. If you must wait a bit more time, we must do it. It is better to wait a bit more than taking risks

2020 04 10b Retrieve

[FIFA president Gianni Infantino said it would be ‘more than irresponsible’ to restart competitions too early amid the coronavirus pandemic] As our main priority, our principles, the ones we employ in our competitions and also we invite to everyone to follow, is health comes first. As much as I emphasise it, it is not enough. It’s not worth to put at risk any human life for any game, any competition, nor any league. Everyone should have this clear in their minds. It would be more than irresponsible to restart the competitions if the situation is not safe 100 per cent. If you must wait a bit more time, we must do it. It is better to wait a bit more than taking risks

[FIFA is said to have a $2.7 billion cash reserve it is set to use to create an emergency fund and Infantino said the governing body was planning to help] Thanks to the work we have been doing together in FIFA during the last four years, we find ourselves in a very solid financial situation. FIFA have a good reputation in the financial markets. It helps us to consolidate a solid base of important reserves, but our reserves are not FIFA’s money, it is the money of football. So, when football is in need, we have to think about a solution to help. It is our responsibility. This is how I see it as president of FIFA. As football has stopped in the whole world, we are all facing economic issues in different levels, from the base to professional football. Given this, we are already collaborating with you to asses the financial impact to prepare the right answer

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[FIFA to make early $150m payment ‘to help safeguard football’ amid coronavirus crisis] The pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing body, it is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs. This starts by providing immediate financial assistance to our member associations, many of which are experiencing severe financial distress. This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community. Together with our stakeholders, we are assessing the losses and we are working on the most appropriate and effective tools to implement the other stages of this relief plan

I would like to thank the chairpersons of the FIFA Development Committee, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, and the FIFA Finance Committee, Alejandro Dominguez, for their commitment and urgent approval of these measures by their committees. [the financial relief plan is] possible thanks to the strong financial position that FIFA has been able to consolidate over the past four years. The next stages of the plan are currently being finalised and will be communicated in due course.

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[FIFA and WHO launch campaign to help domestic violence victims amid coronavirus lockdown] Together with the World Health Organization and the European Commission, we are asking the football community to raise awareness to this intolerable situation that threatens particularly women and children in their own home, a place where they should feel happy, safe and secure. We cannot stay silent on this issue that negatively affects so many people. Violence has no place in homes, just as it has no place in sports. Football has the power to relay important social messages, and through the #SafeHome campaign, we want to ensure that those people experiencing violence have access to the necessary support services they need

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[FIFA president Gianni Infantino says Bundesliga players who showed solidarity with George Floyd over the weekend would deserve ‘applause, not punishment’ in an international tournament] For the avoidance of doubt, in a FIFA competition the recent demonstrations of players in Bundesliga matches would deserve an applause and not a punishment. We all must say no to racism and any form of discrimination. We all must say no to violence. Any form of violence.

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[FIFA president Gianni Infantino meanwhile declared that Bundesliga players who showed solidarity with George Floyd over the weekend deserve applause, not punishment] For the avoidance of doubt, in a FIFA competition the recent demonstrations of players in Bundesliga matches would deserve an applause and not a punishment. We all must say no to racism and any form of discrimination. We all must say no to violence. Any form of violence

2020 07 11 Retrieve

[World football’s governing body has set aside more than £12m to help players who go unpaid between 2020-2022. A further £3.8m has been set aside for players who went unpaid between 2015-2020] FIFA is with you in these difficult times and, together, we will win