Fifa president Gianni Infantino (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin inspect the renovated Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, which will host some matches of the upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, on May 3. Infantino has spoken of grandiose plans for world football, including a new world cup for clubs rather than countries. Photo: EPA-EFE 
Stephen Vines
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The View by Stephen Vines

More money in football means more scandals, less local connection

Stephen Vines says Fifa head Gianni Infantino has had a less scandal-plagued run than his predecessor, but his grand plans for new global club competitions will mean more corporate dollars and a loss of the local feel fans crave

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin inspect the renovated Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, which will host some matches of the upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, on May 3. Infantino has spoken of grandiose plans for world football, including a new world cup for clubs rather than countries. Photo: EPA-EFE 
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