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4 of the most influential administrative men in world football

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Modified 12 Oct 2017
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Modern-day football has turned into a massive off-field economic battle with administrators in every club playing a vital role in the functioning of the establishment. 

However, there are administrative heads of various governing bodies across the globe, regulating, promoting and managing the business side of the football. 

Here we take a look at the four most influential administrators in the world of football.

Gianni Infantino

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, a former secretary general of the International Center for Sports Studies in Switzerland, secured his position as the head of football's governing body, winning the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress, acquiring the majority of votes cast. 

Since Sepp Blatter's removal as President of FIFA, Infantino born in 1970, has taken over the affairs of the controversial governing body of football. Since his appointment, Infantino has taken many steps to reform the image of FIFA, claiming his administration will strive to be more transparent in their way of governance. 

Infantino was part of the accused during the FIFA investigation, suspecting the current president of violating numerous FIFA ethics codes. However, all the charges were dropped against Infantino, who also acted quickly since his appointment by replacing the heads of the investigation committee. 

Only the ninth ever president of FIFA, Infantino has claimed to have steadied the ship, although FIFA is still coming under harsh criticism with regards to next year's World Cup in Russia and the controversial allocation of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. 

The functioning of the 2022 Qatar World Cup has come under serious threat with groups of supporters calling for a change of location due to various factors affecting the smooth functioning of the game. However, Infantino and FIFA remain calm and adamant about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 

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Published 12 Oct 2017, 18:32 IST
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