Geneva - UEFA's acting boss Gianni
Infantino was set to face the media on Friday after a meeting of Europe's top
football brass, as he gears up his campaign to become FIFA's president.
The European football association's
executive committee, meeting at its Nyon, Switzerland headquarters, was also
expected to rule on the closely-watched question of introducing goal-line
technology for the Euro 2016 tournament.
The battle to replace disgraced FIFA
president Sepp Blatter as the most powerful man in football has intensified,
with Infantino also stepping up his campaign.
In recent days, the Swiss national has
backed proposals to expand the World Cup to 40 teams, pledged more money for
FIFA member-nations, and vowed "credible" reforms at world football's
scandal-tainted governing body.
The German FA endorsed Infantino's
candidacy this week, saying he was the right man to lead FIFA out of a crisis
that has seen much of its senior leadership indicted or sanctioned over
Infantino, UEFA's secretary general, only
joined the race after his boss, Michel Platini, was suspended by FIFA in
October over an ethics violation.
Platini, UEFA's president and once the
favourite to win the FIFA vote, withdrew his candidacy on January 7 after he
and Blatter were banned from football for eight years over ethics violations.
Momentum has been building in support of
introducing goal-line technology (GLT) at the Euro 2016 championship hosted by
UEFA's chief referee Pierluigi Collina came
out in support of the idea on Tuesday, saying the tournament "was a good
opportunity" to introduce GLT.
The technology is already used in the
English Premier League, Italy's Serie A, the German Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in
France. FIFA also brought it in for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after a series
of successful trials.
Collina said at UEFA's referees committee
had concluded its review of GLT and that he believed the technology would allow
officials to better focus on monitoring overall activity in the penalty area.
After UEFA held "positive"
discussions on GLT last month, many believe its use at this summer's
continental championship is all but guaranteed.
The unprecedented crisis engulfing FIFA has
placed outsized importance on the body's February 26 presidential vote.
Powerful voices across the globe, including
the World Cup's top corporate sponsors like Visa and Coca-Cola, have demanded
new leadership capable of restoring integrity to the management of the world's
most popular sport.
FIFA presidential contender Prince Ali bin
al Hussein of Jordan has however already sounded an alarm over impropriety in
He said a development deal agreed between
the Asian and African confederations looked like a scheme to secure Africa's
backing for Asian football chief and FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman
bin Ebrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain.
Infantino, 45, has not weighed in on fears
of electoral malpractice, but he has released a manifesto detailing measures to
clean up the global game.
They include a new FIFA Council for key
decisions, 12-year term limits for officials including the president, and more
"independent voices" on key FIFA committees.
Infantino has also voiced support for
declaring the remuneration of top FIFA members, naming a chief compliance
officer and establishing a fully open tendering process for the body's
multi-billion dollar deals.