It’s now or never for Fifa

Gianni Infantino

Infantino is one of five contenders to succeed Sepp Blatter

Fifa presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino says it is “now or never” for the future of football’s world governing body.

Infantino is hoping to succeed Sepp Blatter at Friday’s election after the 79-year-old Swiss was banned for eight years on corruption allegations.

Fellow candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has made an official request for the election to be suspended.

But Infantino says it is almost certain to go ahead as planned.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said Fifa’s reputation had reached its lowest point.

“If we don’t do something now about it to restore the image of Fifa and the reputation of Fifa – and to increase the development of football in the world – then I see no future for Fifa,” said Infantino, who is general secretary of European football’s governing body Uefa.

“Something needs to be done. Reforms need to be implemented. They need to be voted first and then they have to be implemented.”

Meanwhile, Prince Ali, 40, is unhappy with voting arrangements and has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

The Jordanian wants transparent voting booths to ensure the election is fair and open, but world football’s election commission has rejected the request.

More to follow.

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