Infantino’s 48-team World Cup plan would be funny if it was not so serious
New Fifa president is taking a leaf straight out of Sepp Blatter’s book with his proposal to expand the competition and the way he is going about it
Not for the first time when it comes to global football’s discredited overlords, the closing lines of Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who come to mind. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”. Ever since the former Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino almost accidentally ascended to the Fifa president’s office following the fall from grace of Michel Platini the question has been whether the Swiss-Italian who hails from the next village along from Sepp Blatter’s birthplace represents a break from the past or a continuation of it.
Allegations that swirled about his predilection for private jets and apparent desire to use his new powers to water down the independence of Fifa’s oversight committees were dismissed by staff as rumours propagated by those who resisted the winds of change blowing through the world body’s HQ.