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Friday 9 December 2016

Infantino eyes 40-team World Cups

FIFA presidential candidate Infantino
FIFA presidential candidate Infantino

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino suggested expanding the World Cup to 40 teams and following the example of the European championship by spreading it across several countries to share out the "honour and benefits" of the tournament.

The Swiss, general secretary of European soccer body UEFA, backed proposed reforms for soccer's scandal-plagued world governing body which included term limits for the president and leading officials and public disclosure of their remuneration.

Infantino, a 45-year-old multilingual lawyer, is one of five candidates standing in an election taking place amid the worst crisis in FIFA's history.

Meanwhile, FIFA's Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president's salary from world soccer's governing body, a spokesman for FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee said.

Blatter was suspended for 90 days by FIFA on October 8 and then banned from the game for eight years last month for ethics violations over a $2 million payment FIFA made to European soccer boss Michel Platini with Blatter's approval in 2011.

But Blatter will continue to be paid until a new president is elected on February 26.

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