Football: Fifa's Infantino seeking support at annual congress for his charter of reforms

New Fifa president Gianni Infantino will seek more support for reforms to football when he meets with the top leaders on the Fifa council.
New Fifa president Gianni Infantino will seek more support for reforms to football when he meets with the top leaders on the Fifa council. PHOTO: EPA

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - New Fifa president Gianni Infantino will seek more support for reforms to the scandal-rocked world football when its leaders and annual congress meet in Mexico City this week.

With new corruption and legal fallout almost daily, the Fifa leadership will also have to give new details of the cost of the scandals as well as admit Gibraltar and Kosovo as new members in the face of opposition from top members at the annual congress.

Infantino and top leaders on the Fifa council will meet on Monday just after the Court of Arbitration for Sport announces its ruling on an appeal by former vice-president Michel Platini against a six-year ban.

A win for Platini would not change Fifa, where his former deputy Infantino took over in February. But the Frenchman could still reclaim his place as Uefa's president.

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter is also fighting his six-year ban. Blatter, who signed off on a $2 million (S$2.7 million) payment to Platini that is the subject of a Swiss criminal investigation, is also no longer a threat to Infantino.

But a US investigation into world football remains a shadow over its efforts to redeem its name.