Sepp Blatter: Gianni Infantino A Worthy President, Can ‘Stabilize FIFA Again’

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Sepp Blatter called Gianni Infantino a worthy successor to continue his work and praised the newly elected FIFA president’s “experience, expertise, strategic and diplomatic skills” in a statement released Friday.

Blatter said the 45-year-old UEFA general secretary “has all the qualities to continue my work and to stabilize FIFA again” after a corruption crisis.

Infantino will complete the rest of Blatter’s presidential term, serving through May 2019. The 79-year-old official was banned by the FIFA ethics committees, along with Infantino’s now-former boss, UEFA President Michel Platini.

The warm congratulations is a notable change of tone for Blatter, who early in the campaign sniped at Infantino despite the fact they come from neighboring Swiss villages.

Infantino was just 5 years old when Blatter joined FIFA in 1975.

Thumbnail photo via Michael Probst/Associated Press

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