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Name 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

Affiliation

Org FIFA

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

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 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

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,” he said on Thursday, via the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). 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. xxxx. 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 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.