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>> There are a lot of fake news and alternative facts about FIFA as well circulating.>> FIFA, a reformed character and the victim of fake news, according to its President, Gianni Infantino. The head of world football's governing body taking aim at critics on Thursday at a congress in Bahrain.
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FIFA-bashing has become a national sport in many places, Infantino said, which is unfair since transparency and controls have improved on his watch. Reuters' says, Infantino's outburst follows some unpopular moves.>> There's been quite a lot of criticism of Infantino, in terms of, he's not made himself available to the media.
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There's also been criticism recently of these games that he's holding at FIFA events, where there's the world's greatest styles and him playing among them. So there is a sense that he's feeling a little bit gut out and perhaps thin-skinned.>> Infantino took over from disgraced former chief Sepp Blatter in 2016 after several dozen football officials were indicted for corruption.
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That period was the worst crisis in FIFA's history. Still, it might be too soon to declare the organization transformed. Its ousted ethics investigator Cornel Borbely, saying Wednesday that his committee had been looking at several hundred possible corruption cases before FIFA replaced him, and its chief ethics judge.>> In the last few days, he's sacked the investigators, and now he's claiming fake news.
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It's got a familiar ring to it. So, there's been a lot of people who were doing a lot of digging, and cleaning up for FIFA, have now been, either sort of not retained, have been sacked, or been voted out. And that's causing a lot of people to sort of, wonder, well, what exactly has changed, and how are you developing the cleanup of FIFA?
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>> It will be a setback for the fight against corruption, Borbely said. Know how and experience will now be lost. His conclusion that his removal was, quote, politically intended.