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FA agrees to support Infantino for Fifa

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The Football Association has agreed to support Gianni Infantino’s bid for the Fifa presidency following Wednesday’s board meeting, BBC Sport understands.

Uefa general secretary Infantino, 45, is one of five candidates looking to replace Sepp Blatter on 26 February.

Blatter announced in June that he would resign, amid a corruption scandal at world governing body Fifa.

The FA had previously given its support to former Uefa president Michel Platini.

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Platini, like Blatter, is now banned from football for eight years.

Fifa’s ethics committee found Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an “abusive execution” of their positions over the matter of a payment to Platini in 2011.

Blatter, 79, has been in charge of Fifa since 1998 but now Infantino, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne are vying to replace him.

Switzerland’s Infantino and Sheikh Salman of Bahrain are frontrunners to win the election in Zurich.

Last month, Infantino said he intended to include plans for a World Cup to be held in a whole region rather than one or two countries in his Fifa manifesto.

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: FA agrees to support Infantino for Fifa

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